Re: Re: Metro West

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@Cute Panda wrote:

The Irish are by their nature a nation of instinctual Luddites (“Creeping Jesus types” as Bertie correctly pointed out ) when it comes to anything away from the familiar. Normal engineering transport design and approaches which are standard/proven methodology in every other country on earth inspire fear, loathing and doomsday scenarios among the hysterical and timid Irish.

You sound like Kevin Myers. Hyperbole city. But I’m enjoying it so keep it coming.

Here are my reason why the MetroWest is going to be a major success:

A) Them Shopping Centres are busy as hell and transport to them is almost 100% private car orientated. Metro West will free-up a huge amount of capcity on the M50 and create a more sustainable retail transport culture in West Dublin and beyond. This is worth its weight in gold.

each area served by metro west has a shopping centre and each has the same shops. What kind of nutcase would visit these stores without a car?

B) The integration between the Maynooth and Kildare railway lines is really sweet in itself. You want to get to Lucan from Tallaght it’s a one change – no biggie. You live in Maynooth and work in Kildare, MetroWest liberates you from the car. When the Interconnector comes on stream the frequency, capacity and integration on the combined MetroWest, MetroNorth and DART/Suburban Rail will be superb. You want to go to the Airport or City Centre from MetroWest – then change with MetroNorth at Ballymun. People all over the world do this, the lazy Paddies have to learn to do this as well.

What about this: you want to get into town: 30 minutes 1 minute frequency. You want to get out of town: 30 minutes: 1 minute frequency. Change in town. I’m sure there is someone somehwere who wants to get from Tallaght to Lucan without a car but not enough to build a railway between them.

I am really amazed how people view MetroWest as a stand-alone project as if is has no integrational relationship to any other Metro line, Heavy Rail or Luas. Look at the T21 maps – it’s an integration dream.

Why not intersect in the city or build an inner city circle line?

Anyways, it is going to be built and that’s that so you might as well start to learn to accept it

As you know, ther is a fair chance that much in T21 will never come to pass given past form and economic cycles.

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