The proposed Metro North line connecting Dublin Airport to the city centre and Swords has not been shelved and will go ahead, Transport Minister Shane Ross has said.
He said expensive transport projects such as Dart Underground and Metro North had been “postponed” during the financial crisis.
However these and other major capital, transport projects “are all going ahead,” he has told the Oireachtas Committee on Transport.
Mr Ross said that in the short term the State would spend €595 million on transport this year.
In the long term the priorities for Government were projects such as Dart Underground and Metro North – “all those projects which have not been shelved but which have been postponed because of the economic crisis”.
The Minister said: “They are all going ahead, they are all part of the vision which we have.”
However he added: “That long term vision is there but, let’s be honest about it, it is not going to be achieved overnight.”