TRANSPORT Infrastructure Ireland has appointed a multidisciplinary client partner team of Turner & Townsend and WSP for Dublin’s MetroLink programme. The 18.8km MetroLink will be a high-capacity, high-frequency metro with 16 stations running from Swords in the north of the Irish capital to Charlemont in the south of the city.

The partnership is led by Turner & Townsend, and will be supported by O’Connor Sutton Cronin, Mace and PwC. Each of the partners has been collectively appointed to a framework contract, which will be in place for the duration of the design, procurement and construction phases through to the start of operation.

Turner & Townsend has acted as commercial advisor on the project since 2018. In collaboration with the partners of the multidisciplinary team, it will provide programme management office (PMO) services, overseeing all elements of procurement, design, engineering, safety, information management and sustainability.

The line is expected to carry up to 50 million passengers per year, connecting existing rail, Dart commuter rail, and Luas light services across the greater Dublin area. It will also provide a direct connection from Dublin Airport to the city centre via key locations including Ballymun, O’Connell Street and St Stephen’s Green.

The line will be largely underground, carrying 30 trains per hour per direction. This will reduce travel times from Swords to the city centre to 25 minutes.

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