A Metro Through the Dublin Port Tunnel

Letter to the Irish Times Sept 09

Madam,

Given the recent deterioration in the public finances and the projected 3.1 billion Euro cost of the Airport Metro, might I put forward an alternative suggestion for consideration by the government. The suggestion is to build a bus tram from the airport via the port tunnel into the city. Bus Trams are basically Luas like trams that run on rubber wheels rather than steel rails. They were pioneered in the Brazilian city of Curitiba which is regarded as a model for modern urban transport.

Here is how it would work. The bus tram would run from the airport, across the long term car park and on to the M1 via a dedicated interchange. From there the bus-trams would run through the Port Tunnel to emerge in the port. A quick loop back takes them to within 100 yards of the Dart line where a new Dart station would be built to facilitate integration. From there the bus-trams run through the port, close to the Point where they integrate with the Tallaght Luas line and then over a dedicated lifting bridge that spans both the Liffey and the Dodder to the south side of the Quays. From there it is a question of picking a path through the city to Pearse Station and then on to Stephen’s Green for a link up with the Sandyford Luas line – thereby saving the 300 million Euro cost of linking up the two Luas lines also.

So to summarise. For the price of one small motorway interchange, one new Dart Station, one new bridge and some extra bus lanes, we get an integrated transport system for Dublin – and we get to put the 800 million Euro Port Tunnel to some good use.
Yours

Shane Hayes
Shankill

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