Flaws of Metro Link

  1. Rail Gauge. Standard rail gauge is essential for an integrated transport plan. By opting for a different rail gauge for Metro Link hampers an overall rail solution, due to lack of linking up, it is confined towards the city centre. Using standard rail gauge it can operate in any direction. An extra rail line beside existing Malahide Dart will be needed to meet demand on Dundalk line, as existing line is almost full by Dart trains. 
  2. Location. The proposed route of Metro Link leaves too much transport to northeast Dublin. Four corridors, two Dart lines, Metro Link Line and Port Tunnel.
  3. Service. Metro Link only provides, a great service from Dublin Airport to city, for users living close to the city, who are very well serviced already, and Swords to city only. The city centre can be well serviced by changes to existing public transport. 
  4. Cost. Underground is very costly especially when it is not essential for a low-density sprawl city like Dublin. Operating radial system, so inefficient, greatly adds to costs. 
  5. Linkage. By being radial and different gauge, it fails to link up full transport network.
  6. Changing. Its design makes it difficult for users to change to other transport modes, very important for users with a disability. It takes users into city centre to change to outbound transport, the big flaw in public transport. Not direct adds to changing.
  7. Vehicle Reduction. Metro Link will have minimal effect on car reduction (1%). Most local and long distant users will still take car to work on outskirts, and to the Airport, as Metro Link is of no advantage to them. Metro Link will encourage more users to drive, up to 100 Kilometres to access Metro. Growth on outskirts increasing rapidly. 
  8. Property Valuation. Land valuation along route of Metro Link greatly increases, adding to housing and building costs.
  9. Constructing. Construction time quite long, Metro Link will delay an overall plan by several decades. Many hidden problems can arise with long duration projects.
  10. Efficiency. Metro Dart efficiency is extremely low as it operates radially. Difficulty in linking up other lines and trains. Its design draws more users in on existing transport to access the Metro Link, using up scarce transport capacity. It also prevents country trains acting as local trains through Dublin. There is no direct changing on the Metro Link from one train to another, with centre island.
  11. Effects on other rail lines. Metro Link due to its routing and different rail gauge will undermine mainline rail. (a) It will prevent the building of an orbital Dart line on M50 that will take many users direct to their destination. (b) It will prevent country trains linking up the whole country example Cork to Belfast direct. It will prevent country trains accessing Airport. (c) It does nothing to discourage back travel, (big problem in train usage) where users living on the outskirts must go into centre to get a train back out again to country areas. example Lucan people going to Galway etc. must repeat on the way back, passing their own area. This creates unnecessary travel. 
  12.  Balanced Transport. Metro Link hinders balanced public transport by not linking up existing lines, due to gauge problem. It endorses the flawed radial system.
  13. Suitability. Metro link carriages are not fully suitable for baggage, wheelchairs and families serving the Airport, too much changing. There are no direct change overs on Metro Link from one train to another, important for users with a disability.
  14. Range. Metro Link range. is too narrow, Charlemount to near the city centre. For an underground Metro to be successful, it needs at least four radials and one outer orbital to be effective. Dublin’s low density could not justify this.
  15. Time. Time is judged on how long your journey takes. Airport to centre 15 minutes with Metro link, but quite long from Airport to Lucan up to an hour and fifteen minutes.    
  16. Duration. Metro Link also fails on this. Time is important to transport users, not going direct, unnecessary changing and waiting makes the travelling day long. 
  17. Housing. As Metro Link is of little value to house building as it services a small area. All areas need good public transport for housing. It could even push up house prices.
  18. Country Rail. Country rail is vital in reducing car movements, users, need direct access to all areas when they get to Dublin, not provided by Metro Link.
  19. Climate Change. Public transport will play a major role in car reduction to combat Climate Change, Public transport must suit the user, be direct as possible and eliminate or reduce waiting. Waiting is a big turn off for public transport users.
  20. Park/Ride. Metro Link Park/Ride is very limited, at one end only. If it used standard rail gauge the whole rail network can link up with increased rail frequency. This opens the rail network to numerous Park/Ride facilities throughout the country. Park/Ride a vital facility in reducing car movements and for safer roads.  
  21.  Metro Link does very little for future rail expansion throughout the country.
  22.  Metro Link eats up funding that is badly needed for other areas.
  23. Value lost subsidisation cost could be as high as 25 euro per passenger.                       

Problems. All areas have major traffic and transport problems, steadily getting worse.
Solution. An overall integrated inexpensive public transport network suiting all users