The fact that the Navan-Dublin rail link  in the new National Development Plan has raised hopes that the long awaited scheme may eventually see the light of day.

The €165 billion plan is being launched by the Government in Cork this afternoon, which details capital investment over the next ten years.

A commitment on the planning and design of the Navan to Dublin Rail Line to the M3 Parkway near Dunboyne is specifically mentioned for rail projects in the Greater Dublin Area.

It’s subject to the National Transport Authority’s transport strategy review for the Greater Dublin Area, which is due to be completed in the next month.

The DART + Programme, including DART+ Coastal North to Drogheda via Balbriggan is also committed to, but no dates or timelines are provided before the NTA’s transport strategy review.

While the Ardee bypass, N2 Slane Bypass, N2 Rath Roundabout to Kilmoon, N3 Virginia Bypass and the M50  have all been carried over from the 2018 plan, subject to further approvals.