Originally Posted by spacetweek
Probably need to change the thread title
What initially caught my eye about what I mistakenly thought
was the IE proposal, before realising that it was actually not what was being proposed at all, was my belief that the idea of an IE metrowest mark 2 is actually quite a good one, if dealt with in the correct fashion.
The original metrowest idea was a particularly dim one for a city at Dublin's stage of public transport development. A line which would not have delivered so much as a single sinner directly to the most frequented parts of the city, at a time when there were and are large parts of the city which need public transport to deliver large numbers to the most frequented areas.
It was a travesty to propose it, a shocking attempt at vote-getting, and large amounts of time and money were needlessly wasted on attempts to persuade people of its merits. I hope it has been binned for good.
As a very long term project, a heavy rail line between somewhere around Coolmine/Clonsilla and Heuston Station might have merit, because it could then provide much-needed trains for the proposed interconnector (which obviously isn't going to happen soon, and does have the problem that it appears it won't be utilised to anything like its capacity). If the interconnector does ever happen, these trains would then be able to deliver people directly to much frequented parts of the city.
Any development which happens in West Dublin in the foreseeable future could be directed to areas along this route, so that - in the event of the interconnector being built - these areas would have a direct, fast connection with the busiest parts of the city, and connections between a number of locations in West Dublin. (Rather than people who live in those areas being subjected to pathetic efforts to persuade them of how fantastic it is that they now have a direct connection to the Airport, Tallaght Hospital, any number of out-of-town shopping centres, etc.)
In the longer term, this line might then be extended to Dublin Airport.