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Welcome to the DART+ West Project

The first of the infrastructural projects of the DART+ Programme to be delivered will be the DART+ West Project. This project will provide a sustainable, electrified, reliable and more frequent rail service, improving capacity on Maynooth and M3 Parkway to city centre rail corridors.

DART+ West Introduction

We have now concluded the 1st round of Public Consultation on the Emerging Preferred Option for the DART+ West Project. This consultation was our way of asking you, as potential users of the service or those likely to be affected by its development, for your views on our early design plans. All submissions are being reviewed and considered as part of the design process, in preparation for the 2nd round of Public Consultation.

The project will see:

  • Capacity increases from the current 7 trains per hour per direction up to 15 trains per hour per direction subject to demand. Passenger capacity will increase from 4,500 in 2019 to 13,750 passengers in 2025
  • Reduction of carbon emissions and support growing communities, business and future development with high-quality integrated public transport service in line with Government policy including the National Planning Framework and Climate Action Plan

Your local knowledge will inform the design, help us to improve the project and ensure it will be a success for you and the communities the project will serve.

DART+ West is seeking to significantly increase rail capacity on the Maynooth Line. This can be achieved by changing to electrified, high capacity DART trains and increasing the frequency of trains subject to demand.

Delivery of this project will support the existing communities along the railway and support future sustainable development. It will serve all existing stations along the railway corridor between Maynooth Station and M3 Parkway Station to Connolly Station and Spencer Dock Station using electrical power that has a lower carbon footprint than the existing diesel trains. The frequency and quality of service that will be provided will provide a viable transport alternative to communities along the route and help encourage people from private car use. This will assist in Ireland reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport and help combat climate change.

The electrification of the rail line will predominantly follow the existing railway corridor. Interventions outside of Iarnród Éireann lands will be required at a number of locations for some of the scheme elements such as:

  • Level crossing replacements;
  • Proposed Depot;
  • Construction of substations (to facilitate the provision of power to the line), and;
  • Ancillary works required for the project

Key Infrastructural Elements

DART+ West is seeking to modernise and optimise the existing railway between Connolly & Docklands Stations to Maynooth & M3 Parkway. This will involve electrification of the entire route and some interventions to remove constraints.

DART+ West Route Map

The project extends approximately 40km from Connolly & Spencer Dock to Maynooth & M3 Parkway. There are currently 13 stations along the route, with an additional station currently in construction at Pelletstown, bringing passengers into and out of the city centre.

Benefits of DART+ West

This project will have far reaching positive transportation effects by providing a sustainable transport system with increased passenger capacity. This will be beneficial to existing and future communities along the railway corridor and assist in reducing dependency on private cars.

Emerging Preferred Option

The preliminary options assessment studies have led to the identification of the Emerging Preferred Option as presented.

Public Consultation Process

Public participation is a key element to the delivery of major infrastructure projects such as DART+ West.

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Public Consulation 1 - Closed

Public Consultation No. 1 on the Emerging Preferred Option for the DART+ West concluded in October 2020.

Pubic Consultation 2

The Public Consultation No. 2 on the Preferred Option is coming in Spring 2021.

Railway Order Application Statutory Consultation

A Statutory Consultation process will be undertaken by An Bord Pleanála once the DART+ West Railway Order Application is made.

Next Steps

Here you will find information on Option Selection & Design development, the Railway Oroder Process and Property Acquistion.

Useful Resources & Downloads

Here you will find useful DART+ West Project material for you to download.

How to Engage

Here you will find details on how to get in touch