have a mag-lev train running in a straight line from the airport to a city centre terminal that would also serve tourist airships for a slow luxurious scenic trip round the country. Or rebuild Brunel's pneumatic railway.
Ok I don't want to be the typically pessimistic here but the term "ah for f#ck sake" quickly comes to mind...
On a practical note how the hell is one to get a "straight line", presumably above ground, from Swords to the city centre ?!? And remember we are a small country who can't even get there act together and build a metro, not the mind the years it took to get the port tunnel underway (which btw cannot be compared to the pretty small Lee tunnel). The only place i have heard where a "mag-lev" train is being used is in the Ruhr Valley in Germany - and to think that we can make one viable here is just not worth taking about. An ordinary damn train/metro/tram service would do fine, and the chances of us seeing one in the next 10years look pretty damn slim now without bringing magnetic levitation into it !!!
As for all this talk of Brunel, well as you can gather from the tag i am a fan, but the more you read about this guy the more you see that he was not the 'total hero' that LTC Rolt made him out to be. Of course he achieved fantastic things, but he was driven, to a large extent, by his ego. And in this day, where 'consultation' is the buzzword, there is no place for a "Brunelesque" approach.
As i near the end of my rant
I would like to point out the fact that 'Public Private Partnerships" are of course bringing in foreign capital, however we Irish have to get used to the consequence of tolls... something which may take some timeâ€¦