Words: Ciarán Howley
A planning application for Dublin’s first Metro system has been submitted to An Bórd Pleanála.
An Bord Pleanála have received a planning application for a potential Dublin underground transport system set for development in 2025.
The service hopes to offer “transformative public transportation infrastructure for Ireland and the Greater Dublin Area” across 16 stations from Charlemont to Swords.
During peak seasons, commuters can expect a train every three minutes while the service will be capable of running up to every 90 seconds when necessary, with a capacity of up to 20,000 passengers per direction per hour.
Passengers travelling from Swords can expect to reach the centre within 25 minutes, according to the new plan.
For college students in the Greater Dublin Area, the plan will connect Trinity College and DCU with faster transport routes.
The project, which has been in development since 2005 after it was recommended in the Transport21 plan to connect Dublin Airport with the city centre. Dublin remains one of the few European capital cities without an existing Metro service to this day.
The new service could be operating by the early to mid 2030s if planning and construction go according to plan.
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