Dublin Airport is planning a €200m tunnel under the runway

Plans for a €200m tunnel at Dublin Airport, which will allow service vehicles to pass under one of its runways, have been formally submitted by the DAA to Local Council.

The proposed tunnel, part of DAA’s €2 billion investment program at Dublin Airport, aims to increase overall capacity, safety and efficiency at the country’s busiest gateway.

The tunnel was first proposed a few years ago by DAA, the semi-public company that controls Dublin and Cork airports.

The tunnel was originally supposed to be operational by 2024.

However, the Covid pandemic – which drastically hit global air passenger travel – began shortly after plans were first detailed.

The major project involves the construction of a two-lane tunnel under runway 16/34 at Dublin Airport.

This is a secondary runway at the airport and is used when crosswinds affect flights on the main runways.

The tunnel that will be built under this runway will contain an enclosed component that will be 0.7 km long. Total alignment of the road from entrance to exit is 1.1 km. The underground component of the tunnel will be 17.5 meters, or nearly 58 feet, below the surface.

Its primary purpose is to facilitate up to 3,500 daily airport vehicle trips that will shuttle between Terminal 1 and the new aircraft stands planned at the airport.

A DAA spokesman said the proposed tunnel will be used by vehicles such as cargo transporters, fuel tankers and catering trucks.

“The underpass is required to improve access and security at the airfield, allow for aircraft and vehicle separation, and allow for the safe movement of vehicles to the western apron, which is restricted following the opening of the new northern runway,” he said speaker .

The new EUR 320 million northern railway project went into operation last month. It is seen as a key component to enable additional passenger growth at the gateway and serve new destinations.

The tunnel project involves the demolition of nearly 24,000 m² (258,000 sqft) of existing roadway surfaces at locations such as taxiways and runway 16/34. Just over 16,000 m² of these paved areas will be restored.

The tunnel is part of a €325 million program of engineering works as part of the wider capital project.

Earlier this year, DAA selected a joint venture between Sisk and Lagan to undertake these airside and landside civil works.

Before the pandemic, almost 33 million passengers used Dublin Airport in 2019.

Traffic has recovered significantly since the Covid crisis.

In the first seven months of this year, more than 15 million passengers departed the airport, which is about 80 percent of the 2019 level.

In July, just over three million passengers traveled through the airport, up 89 percent from 2019 levels.

Passenger numbers to and from North America reached 446,000 in July this year, up 92 percent from July 2019.

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