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October 21, 2010

RPA seeks planning approval for Metro West

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IRELAND'S Railway Procurment Agency (RPA) announced on October 20 that it will submit an application for a Railway Order for Metro West, a light metro line from Old Blessington Road in Tallaght to Dardistown, just south of Dublin Airport.

metro-west.jpgThe 25km line will have 22 stations and will be interoperable with both the Luas light rail network and Metro North, which will allow services to run through to the Airport and Swords, as well as Dublin City Centre. The line will have capacity for 10,000 passengers per hour per direction with a minimum headway of four minutes at peak times.

If granted, the Railway Order will allow the RPA to proceed with construction and operation of the line.

Meanwhile, the latest addition to Dublin's Luas light rail network was officially opened on October 16. The 7.5km extension of the Green Line from Sandyford to Brides Glen has nine stops and is expected to increase Luas ridership by more than 2 million per year.

luas_cherrywood_launch.jpgConstruction began in 2007 and the RPA says the line was completed on schedule and under budget, with a final cost of less than Euros 300 million.

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