Dublin MetroLink business case due ‘shortly’

Preliminary business case to seek approval; market consultation on use of PPP on the project expected in November

Ireland’s National Transport Authority (NTA) and Department of Transport will present the preliminary business case for the much-anticipated Dublin MetroLink project “shortly” and seek government approval, the organisations have said.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) will then proceed to the project design, planning and procurement strategy stage of the project, and apply for the Railway Order.

TII also expects to progress its MetroLink market consultation in November, in particular in relation to the proposed use of a PPP model to deliver the rolling stock, line-wide systems, and service operations of the project.

“The consultation will also examine how using a PPP approach could help the MetroLink project to meet its objectives, including in respect of sustainable outcomes and the use of green energy,” the latest update on the scheme said.

The consultation on the PPP will be conducted by TII with the assistance of the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) as financial adviser to TII.