A birds-eye view of the future: Metrolink imagined

The INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard analysed data from 200 cities in 38 countries across the world and Dublin did not fair too well. On average Dublin city, drivers lost 246 hours thanks to stationary traffic in 2017.

In order to address traffic congestion by removing cars from Dublin city centre roads, one of the considered options is the Metrolink line. Though still at the proposal stage, the metro route plans to begin in South Dublin city and pass through Glasnevin, Ballymun, Dublin Airport and Fingal.  Work is expected to begin in 2021 with a projected completion date in 2027.

If the plans go ahead as proposed, how would Dublin look like from above? How will the Metrolink connect with other modes of public transportation? Maldron Hotels created a graphic to help you imagine how Dublin might look from above with the Metrolink in place.

In addition to serving the city centre bound commuters in Fingal, there will also be the opportunity to access other transport options. MetroLink will connect with:

  • Iarnród Éireann
    • The north-western line from Sligo/Maynooth to Dublin
    • The south-western commuter line from Newbridge/Hazelhatch to Grand Canal Dock.
    • These converge at Whitworth Road near Phibsborough.
  • DART and Iarnród Éireann services at Tara Street
  • Luas at Charlemont, O’Connell Street, and St Stephen’s Green.
  • BusConnects is being designed to create convenient interchanges along the entire MetroLink route with Dublin Bus.


Between 1990 and 2016 emissions related to road transportation have increased by 145%. This has been the fastest growing contributor to Ireland’s carbon footprint and now accounts for almost 20% of our greenhouse gas emissions. The Irish government have begun rolling out their plans for
Project Ireland 2040. This proposes changing much of the public transport fleet from fossil fuel to sustainable energy.

Metrolink will help curb the alarming growth in emissions in several different ways

  • MetroLink will be electrified and therefore not reliant on fossil fuels,
  • Through its capacity: a metro can carry large numbers of people which will thereby reduce carbon emissions per person travelling.
  • By removing millions of car journeys and vehicle kilometres from the road, MetroLink is vital to reducing Ireland’s transport carbon emissions.

Though we are still some time away from the Metrolink project being completed, it will undoubtedly have a positive impact on commuters and the environment when it’s finished.

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