After years of Lobbying and Consultations to origress metro North, the Government's 2040 plan is now proposing a larger project called Metro Link. So we go into a new process of Consultation and Business Case justification.
The idea that we would have a project joining Swords to the Airport to Ballymun to DCU to the City which would be shovel ready is now replaced by a link that would end at Sandyford via Charlemont Luas. This ioption is harder to justify and will take longer to implement.
The chorus of Economists indicating that a rail link from the Airport to the City is not justified (let them take the bus!) will have a field day as the North Dublin Region struggles to attract investment with a sub-standard road infrastructure. Its not just about people travelling to and from the Airport, its about people getting to well paid jobs where proximity to the Airport and DCU is a strategic advantage.
Vision is great, however we will miss the investment boat linked to the growth of the Airport, DCU and the redevelopment of Ballymun and Swords over the next 10 years. A conspiracy theorist would say that this lates move will ensure that the Link will never be built!