Metrolink Submission by Cllr Paul McAuliffe

During the  the public consultation process for the Metrolink project, I made a submission regarding the issues which were raised with me. You can download a copy of my submission by clicking on the following link.

PMCA Metrolink submission

 

MetroLink Consultations,
Transport Infrastructure Ireland,
Parkgate Business Centre,
Parkgate Street,
Dublin 8, D08 DK10
Re: Metrolink Public Consultation, Registration of Concerns and Observations
Dear Sir/Madam,
The objective of the new Metro North project as defined by the NTA is to “To provide a safe, high
frequency, high capacity, fast, efficient, fully segregated and sustainable public transport light rail service
from the city centre to Dublin Airport and Swords.”
This is a welcome objective for our capital city and one worthy of broad public support. Unfortunately, due
to a small number but very significant flaws in the proposal the proposed new Metro Link has, to date, failed
to win the support of the public.
I make the following observations to try to constructively contribute to an optimum outcome for my local
community and our capital city:
It is impossible to determine from the information provided by TII the exact number of homes which will be
impacted by the proposed route however estimates based on the limited available information indicate
hundreds of homes will be. The extent of the impact, again due to the inadequate information, is impossible
to accurately determine however it will range from possible disruption, to damage, to full CPO and
demolition.
Residents are naturally concerned about all stages of the project including long-term concerns such as
structural issues emerging once the project is completed and whilst trains are running under their properties
every 2 minutes.
Residents have not been contacted or reassured that structural surveys will be undertaken prior to, during or
post this project. No information has been provided regarding compensation (should this prove necessary) or
the timeframe in which to pursue this.
Within the Propect ACA there are many iconic historical buildings, such as the Brian Boru Pub, which
appears to have been proposed for a Compulsory Purchase Order, and this too has not been clarified.
Historical, protected railings of St. Vincent’s Orphanage on Finglas Road similarly appear to be listed for
removal.
The impact of a major train station at Cross Guns on the existing residential area has not been addressed.
The scale of the proposed station is running from the Royal Canal to Dalcassian Apartments (which also
may be proposed for a CPO). The iconic Brian Boru pub appears to be earmarked for destruction as part of
this rail station development. The impact of this proposed major train station will require a socio-economic
impact analysis. At the moment, there is no reference in the proposal to the impact of this proposed station
on the social fabric of an historical and well-established part of the city, not least of which would be the
Cllr Paul McAuliffe,
Dublin City Council,
City Hall,
Dublin 2.
Tel 01-4819332
paul@votemcauliffe.com
additional security measures that would be required, and which are a necessary element of any major rail
station.
PROPOSED TUNNEL BORING SITE:
The proposal to locate the boring site on St Mobhi Road demonstrates a lack of understanding of
community, educational, cultural, sporting and health value of this site which is home to Clg Na Fianna,
Homefarm FC, Scoil Mobhí, Scoil Catríona and Tír na Nóg preschool and is directly surrounded by many
private homes.
Under this proposal the site on St Mobhi road to be used as the tunnel boring station would be the first site
opened in the project and the last site closed and therefore would have maximum negative impact on the
local community and wider city traffic.
The proposed placement of the tunnel boring machine launch site, construction site works and metro station
at CLG Na Fianna appear to be made purely based on engineering convenience, without any regard to the
environmental, social, physical needs of the surrounding community, educational and health considerations
of circa 800 school children, sporting, social and cultural interests of thousands of club members.
These clubs are the heartbeat of the local community. They bring together people of all ages, host non-sporting
activities occur each week. In particular Na Fianna which will be impacted more than any other fields 166
teams with players ranging in age from 8 to over 50. Keeping these players physically active and socially
engaged with associated physical and mental health benefits. The Na Fianna Nursery caters every weekend
for 350 to 400 children between the ages of 4 to 7. Similar figures are available for the Homefarm FC site.
The schools and creche educate and nourish hundreds of children and families. The negative impact of this
proposal is already affecting the school’s enrolments. There is no evidence of a full cost/benefit analysis
having been completed on the potential impact of having to relocate the schools or clubs. There is no
indication that the Department of Education will support any relocation. There is no measure outlined to
suggest how a large construction site like this could be compatible from a health and safety perspective with
the ongoing operation of these schools.
The unavoidable creation of significant levels of dust and diesel emissions on the boring site is a major concern
for respiratory health. The location of the boring station in the heart of a residential area surrounded by
schools would put those underlying respiratory disease such as asthma or cystic fibrosis at significant risk.
The noise and vibration generated from the works will also have a detrimental health impact on children and
adults living in the area with hypersensitivity disorders.
The implications regarding under surface water, due to canals and rivers in the area can have a very negative
impact on property foundations, once disturbed. No detail has been provided on how these assessments have
been made, or if indeed, they have been made.
The NTA/TII must scrap the proposal to use the St Mobhi Road site as the tunnel boring station and spell
out how they are going to guarantee the future of the schools and clubs and compensate them for the interim
disruption while constructing a station.
It should be noted that in addressing the concerns identified on the St Mobhi road site. The Boring site
should not be moved to a similar location which would merely impact a different set of residents or clubs.
The use of the Albert College Park or any lands within the Ballymun Local Area Plan (LAP) both in the
control of Dublin City Council would present many of the same levels of disruption and objections.
From the experience of the Dublin Port Tunnel project, the boring site with two machines in this instance
does not lend itself easily to a city centre location and therefore lands North of the M50 would seems to
offer a more favourable location.
I also make the following observations regarding Stations 11-16
At Northwood, I would be concerned that there should be good pedestrian access from the main Ballymun
Road area.
At Ballymun, I would be concerned that the project would not delay the development of the shopping centre
site. There is also a planned upgrade of the Plaza/ Cearnóg an tSeachtar Laoch. I would like to see further
details of what construction of an underground station means to this project. I am also concerned on the
pedestrian flow and the creation of sub terrain pedestrian areas. There is not a positive historical experience
of sub terrain pedestrian area s in Ballymun. However the project should facilitate pedestrians crossing
Ballymun Road, especially those with a disability. This station should be called Ballymun
The Collins Avenue station should be named DCU as the station is on Ballymun Road not Collins Avenue.
I would like to see more details of the proposed works on the church car park site and the impact on Church
business, senior citizen accommodation at Hampstead Court and Ballymun Road residents and Our Lady of
Victory schools. The former priests house on Albert College was purchased as part of a previous preferred
route. How do TII/NTA justify the spending of public money on this when it looks as those it will now have
no use in the project. Can the TII outline if this site will have any part in the plans?
Regarding Griffith Park and Glasnevin stations, I will not restate all the concerns outlined above regarding
the Tunnel Boring Site and its impact on local clubs and residents, However I would also like to comment
on the proposed names which I believe are not appropriate. Station 16 should not be called Glasnevin and
instead the historical name of Cross Guns should be preserved. The Griffith Park station would be btter
named as Glasnevin as it is closer to Glasnevin village.
Conclusion
It is clear, for all the reasons stated above, that elements of the current proposal are unfeasible, and have been
brought to public consultation without having been given even the basic level of consideration.
Valuable energies are being expended from community volunteers trying to skill themselves up as planning
expert, engineers, spatial planners in attempting to understand the enormity of elements of this proposal, with
a complete lack of verifiable or understandable information provided in the consultation.
I would urge the NTA and TII to answer those questions raised in this submission and provide alternative
solutions to those objections made.
Is mise le meas,
_________________
Cllr Paul McAuliffe

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