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DART+ West Public Consultation Process

Public participation remains a key element of the Railway Order application process. An Bord Pleanála, as the competent authority for making a decision on the application, will conduct a statutory public consultation as part of the application . The public could make their submission directly to An Bord Pleanála between 05th August and 28th October in relation to the draft Railway Order. 

Following completion of the statutory public consultations, An Bord Pleanála may, at its absolute discretion, hold an oral hearing into the application for a Railway Order, under section 42 of the Act. Members of the public can attend and participate in the oral hearing at the discretion of An Bord Pleanála

The various stages of public participation in the DART+ West project are highlighted in graphical form below:

StatusYearStudies and ResearchPublications and MilestonesPublic Participation
CompletedAutumn 2020Options development and appraisal to support identification of 'emerging preferred option' Preliminary Option Selection Report and selection of 'emerging preferred option'Non-statutory public consultation on the 'emerging preferred option'
CompletedSpring 2022Options Selection Report & 'preferred option' confirmation Option Selection Report and 'preferred option' identification Non-statutory public consultation on the 'preferred option'
CompletedSummer 2022Complete design appraisal and statutory documentsDesign Freeze and planning submission preparation Stakeholder engagement
CompletedSummer 2022Subject to government approval make planning submission Issue of Planning submission and railway order documents An Bord Pleanála statutory consultation

For further details see the How to Engage / Contact Us section.