Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 3 November 2021
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport
Revised National Development Plan: Discussion
I thank the witnesses. I read the opening statements as they came into us and I listened to the meeting earlier from my room. Deputy Smith referred to MetroLink and metro generally and there seems to be a little bit of confusion, certainly to my mind, as to what is now the definition of metro. Could I get a definition from the witnesses? Where is the metro project? Initially the upgrade of the Luas green line was going to go as far as Sandyford. Then there was talk about how it could not possibly be upgraded to Ranelagh, and that it would have to stop and start and all the rest of it. It seemed that on the north side it was progressing albeit slowly. Where are we now with the upgrade of the Luas green line? Pre-pandemic, the green line was full pretty much all day. Certainly at peak times people were getting on at Dundrum and going up to Kilmacud and Sandyford to cross the line to come back in. Where are we with the upgrade of the Luas green line? Is the metro still part of that? This question is probably for the National Transport Authority rather than for TII, based on Mr. Walsh's opening statement.