Ireland’s National Transport Authority (NTA) and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) announced the details on the preferred route of MetroLink, which will run from Estuary north of Swords to Sandyford on the southside, serving Dublin Airport and the City Centre.
By 2027, the 26-km line should be operational, with a capacity of 30 trains per hour in each direction. The new line will have 25 stations, of which 15 stations will be constructed. According to the anticipated timeline, the contracts will be signed in 2020 and in 2021 construction works will be launched.
The project has an estimated value of EUR 3 billion.
The Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area (2016-2035) envisaged a rail link from the south city centre to Swords. It also envisaged the upgrading of Luas Green Line to metro standard, which would link up to the metro services running north to the airport and beyond, to provide Dublin with a high capacity, high-frequency cross-city rail corridor.