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From RTE Breaking News:

Preferred route for Metro West to be announced
Thursday, 5 July 2007 11:32
The Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, and the CEO of the Railway Procurement Agency, Frank Allen, are to announce the preferred route for Metro West in Dublin this afternoon.

Both proposed routes would serve broadly the same areas, running from Tallaght via Clondalkin, Liffey Valley and Blanchardstown and linking with Metro North south of Dublin Airport.

However, the two routes offer different stops in these areas.

AdvertisementRoute Option 1 starts in Tallaght on the Belgard Road serving Tallaght Institute of Technology, The Square and Tallaght Village. It also serves Clondalkin Town Centre, Liffey Valley and Blanchardstown Town Centre.

Route Option 2 starts at the Tallaght stop of the existing Luas Red Line. It runs along the Luas Line as far as Cookstown Road. It travels through Grange Castle and Clondalkin, serving the Blanchardstown Town Centre and the Blanchardstown Institute of Technology.

Two options for how Metro West would service Dublin Airport and Swords are also being considered. The first is that Metro West would run directly on to Metro North, sharing the track to the airport. The second option would be for Metro West passengers to transfer on to Metro North.

It is estimated that the construction of Metro West, which will be up to 28km long, will take up to five years. The service is due to open on a phased basis that would be completed in 2014.

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