Dublin Metro North – which has been wheeled out again under a new guise, Metrolink – is back in the news as the government pushes for the €3 billion mass-transit PPP to be delivered as a priority project.
IJGlobal editorial director Angus Leslie Melville talks to Mike Flynn of Michael Flynn Associates about Ireland’s ambitions to – finally – deliver the metro system it has long aspired to.
Mike, who has been described as an “itinerant builder of railways” and led one of the teams on the first procurement process, speaks openly about the challenging project, his experience in the last process and its return at Metrolink.
He swiftly refutes claims that it is a “monumental stinker of a project” defending the Metrolink as an essential piece of infrastructure that Dublin sorely needs… which is confirmed by its having made it back to the table.
This week’s podcast focuses primarily on Dublin’s mass-transit solution, but also takes a broader look at light rail projects, with Mike giving an expert view having worked on projects across Continental Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Australia, as well as North and South America.
Mike has also been involved in almost all of the UK’s tramways and metros in some way shape or form over the years… and he even went through the baptism of fire that was Edinburgh Tram.