Mace has been appointed to a multi-disciplinary team collaborating to support the delivery of Ireland’s first metro railway system.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland has appointed the multi-disciplinary client partner team for Dublin’s MetroLink programme. This partnership is being led by Turner & Townsend, with the support of WSP, O’Connor Sutton Cronin, Mace, and PwC.
Running for 18.8km, the Dublin MetroLink programme will be a high-capacity, high-frequency railway with 16 new stations running from Swords to the North of the republic’s capital, to Charlemont in the South.
It’s anticipated the railway will carry up to 50 million passengers a year once it’s up and running. Furthermore, the new network will act as an “integrator” for existing air, rail, DART, Dublin Bus and Luas services across the greater Dublin area.
The MetroLink will also provide a direct line to Dublin Airport from the city centre, with stops at key city locations including Ballymun, O’Connell Street, and St Stephen’s Green.
Each of the partners has been collectively appointed to a framework that runs for 13 years until 2036. Twelve years have been allocated for development and construction, with a further year to bring MetroLink into operation.
Aidan Foley, Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s MetroLink project director, said the appointment of the client partners represented a “key milestone” that “underlines” the Irish state’s commitment to delivering the project.
“The successful delivery of MetroLink is essential if Dublin is to have a fully integrated public transport system,” he added.
“We believe 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.”
Gary Easton, Turner & Townsend’s infrastructure lead for Europe, added: “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.”
Much of the route runs underground and there are plans for 30 trains every hour in each direction, which will cut journey times from Swords to the city centre 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.
Frank Randles, Mace Consult’s country director for Ireland, said: “MetroLink represents a fantastic opportunity to prove that Ireland can deliver major infrastructure efficiently and in support of its people.
“From the creation of a high-functioning delivery partner team that leverages complementary skills from across our industry, to the transformative impact this scheme will have in the region, we’re excited to collaborate with our partners and draw on our project and programme delivery consultancy expertise to set a leading example for our industry.”
Main image: Dublin’s MetroLink programme