The DART underground in Dublin is still "alive"

Underground: The original plan was to link Docklands Station and Heuston Station in Dublin.
Underground: The original plan was to link Docklands Station and Heuston Station in Dublin.

The plans for an underground DART linking up with train and LUAS lines in the city have not been abandoned according to Shane Ross, the new Minister for Transport.

Mr. Ross told Oireachtas Transport Committee yesterday that investment needs to be made in public transport, “particularly in Dublin where there is terrible congestion”.

“The proposal for the Dart underground was put in the deep freeze in 2010 and it is now in the fridge.

"There is every intention of it being a project. It is being designed and kept alive and will certainly be eligible for EU funds.

"We must not lose sight of that project along with Metro North and others. If funds became available the timetable for that and the Dart Underground should be looked at anew because they are so important."

Plans were thought to have been shelved when Ross’ predecessor Paschal Donohoe said the €3 billion project was being replaced by a “lower cost technical solution”.

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