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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 rail improvement project will provide a sustainable, electrified, reliable and more frequent rail service to our customers, improving capacity on Maynooth and M3 Parkway to city centre rail corridors.

DART+ West Virtual Exhibition Room

Iarnród Éireann wants to provide you with every possible opportunity to learn about the DART+ West project and get involved in the design development process. A virtual exhibition space has been created to provide information, similar to the exhibition events that would have traditionally been held in local communities. This virtual space is aimed at increasing the public knowledge of, and improving engagement with, the project but from the safety and comfort of your personal surroundings.

DART+ West Introduction

Iarnród Éireann have now concluded the 2nd round of a non-statutory public consultation on the preferred option for 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. All feedback and submissions received will be reviewed and assessed as part of the finalisation of the design development. Following a full appraisal of the feedback, a public consultation no.2 consultation findings report will be prepared and published as part of the Railway Order application that will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála.

* The capacity projections have been amended since public consultation no.1, based on the more detailed railway operating modelling.

The project will see:

  • Increase train capacity from the current 6 trains per hour per direction up to 12 trains per hour per direction subject to demand. Passenger capacity will increase from 5,000 in 2019 to 13,200 passengers in 2025.
  • Reduce carbon emissions through the deployment of new electric trains.
  • Support growing communities, businesses, and future development by providing 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 it will serve.

Delivery of this DART+ West will support existing communities 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 to the proposed Spencer Dock Station using electrical power, which has a lower carbon footprint than the current diesel trains. The frequency and quality of service will provide a viable transport alternative for surrounding communities other than private car travel. This will assist in Ireland reducing road congestion and greenhouse gas emissions from transport, thereby helping to combat climate change.

The electrification of the rail line will predominantly follow the existing railway corridor. Works 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, including rail and road realignment;
  • Proposed new Spencer Dock Station;
  • Bridge reconstruction and/or improvements; 
  • Construction of substations (to facilitate the provision of power to the line), and
  • Use of land for temporary construction/storage compounds and all ancillary works required for the project.

Key Infrastructural Elements

DART+ West is seeking to modernise and optimise the existing railway between Maynooth and M3 Parkway to Connolly Station and the proposed Spencer Dock Station. The project involves track works, electrification and certain interventions to remove constraints.

DART+ West Route Map

The project covers circa 40km from Maynooth and M3 Parkway to Connolly Station and the proposed Spencer Dock Station.

Benefits of DART+ West

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

Preferred Option

The additional option assessment studies and the feedback from public consultation no. 1 have led to the identification of the 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 No. 1 - Closed

Public consultation round 1 on the emerging preferred option for the DART+ West is closed.

Public Consultation No. 2 - Closed

Local Ashtown public consultation on the revised preferred option is now open until 5pm on 06th April 2022

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 the option selection, design development methodology and the railway order application process.

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