Transport Infrastructure Ireland has appointed a multidisciplinary client partner team for Dublin’s MetroLink programme – Ireland’s first metro railway. Turner & Townsend will lead the client partner team, which will be made up of WSP supported by O’Connor Sutton Cronin, Mace and PwC.
Running for 18.8km, MetroLink will be a high-capacity, high-frequency metro railway with 16 new stations running from Swords to the north of the Irish capital to Charlemont in the south.
Anticipated to carry up to 50 million passengers annually, the new network will act as an integrator for existing air, rail, Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART), Dublin Bus and Luas services across the Greater Dublin Area. It will also provide a direct line to Dublin Airport from the city centre and stops at key city locations, including Ballymun, O’Connell Street and St. Stephen’s Green.
Effective immediately, each of the partners has been collectively appointed to a framework which runs for 13 years until 2036. 12 years have been allocated for development and construction, with a further year to bring MetroLink into operation.
With much of the route running underground and plans for 30 trains every hour in each direction, journey times from Swords to the city centre will be cut down to 25 minutes. The project supports the advancement of Ireland to a low emissions transport system, while contributing to the country’s sustainable economic development and population growth.
As lead partner, Turner & Townsend has acted as commercial advisor on the programme since 2018. In collaboration with the partners of the multidisciplinary team, it will provide programme management office (PMO) services, overseeing all elements of procurement, design, engineering, safety, information management and sustainability.
Gary Easton, Infrastructure Lead, Europe at Turner & Townsend said: “Major programmes like MetroLink offer a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the way people travel across the capital, connecting communities both inside and outside Dublin with an efficient, low-carbon public transport service.
“The appointment of this team is a great step forward in delivering this essential infrastructure programme for the city and its people.”
“Having supported the programme since 2018, we now look forward to working closely alongside our partners at WSP supported by O’Connor Sutton Cronin, Mace and PwC throughout the delivery phase, and bringing to bear our combined expertise on landmark metro programmes worldwide. By closely engaging and collaborating as one team, we will be fully realising this project’s goals with as minimal disruption to the public and local business as possible.”
Aidan Foley, MetroLink Project Director, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, said: “The appointment of Turner & Townsend, WSP supported by O’Connor Sutton Cronin, Mace and PwC to the role of Client Partner represents a key milestone in the development of the MetroLink project and underlines the Irish State’s commitment to delivering this much needed project. The successful delivery of MetroLink is essential if Dublin is to have a fully integrated public transport system.”
Turner & Townsend added: “Webelieve the terms of engagement through the NEC4 professional services contract represents a real opportunity to work collaboratively and productively towards achieving our shared project goals. We are looking forward to working closely with our new colleagues to advance the project through the next stage of its development.”