Government warned of soaring costs and lengthy delays to Metrolink project

Estimated costs for the rail line are between €7 billion and €12.25 billion, but the Major Projects Advisory Group believes that planning issues, soaring costs and lengthy delays could almost double that figure

Dublin Metrolink: experts raised a range of concerns around costs, timelines and planning issues

A panel of experts tasked by the government with avoiding costly overruns on major infrastructure projects warned ministers in advance of progressing the multibillion-euro Dublin Metrolink that the project could be dogged by “significant” planning issues, soaring costs and lengthy delays.

The Major Projects Advisory Group (MPAG), which was established to help prevent costly overruns on large-scale infrastructure projects, issued a series of stark warnings regarding the project prior to the cabinet agreeing to move forward with it earlier this month, the Business Post can reveal.