Work begins on Upgrade of Maynooth Line to DART Standard.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

DART Expansion including DART Underground is a game changer for public transport capacity in the Greater Dublin Area.

At the heart of the National Transport Authority's Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), 2016-2035, launched last month, is the DART Expansion Programme, a series of projects which would develop and expand the DART network in the Greater Dublin Area, building on one of Ireland’s great public transport success stories, the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit).

It involves:
  • The DART Underground line, a high-capacity second DART line running underground through the heart of Dublin
  • Electrification of the northern commuter line from the existing end of the DART network in Malahide on to Drogheda
  • Electrification of the line from Heuston to Hazelhatch and completion of the four-tracking of this line between Inchicore and Park West
  • Electrification of the line from Connolly to Maynooth, together with removal of level crossings and resignalling
  • Expansion of fleet and depot facilities.

What it means for customers and mobility in the GDA is:
  • The creation of two expanded high-capacity electrified DART lines
  • From Drogheda to Hazelhatch, via the DART Underground line (Clontarf Road to Heuston, via Spencer Dock, Pearse, St Stephen's Green, Christchurch and Heuston)
  • From Maynooth to Greystones, via the existing Connolly to Pearse line
  • More trains on all routes, with existing conflicts and congestion eliminated
  • Integration between all rail modes: DART, Commuter, Intercity, Luas and the forthcoming Metro
  • The capacity for a major modal shift from private car to public transport, and to meet future growth projections for the Greater Dublin Area.
Find out more on the status of the project.

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