Dublin Suburban Rail


Dublin Suburban Rail
Map of the intended Greater Dublin Rail Network - showing Suburban Rail, Luas and proposed extension with planned Metro and Commuter lines.

The Dublin Suburban Rail (Irish: Iarnród Bruachbhailteach Baile Átha Cliath) network, (now branded DART/Commuter), is a railway network that serves the city of Dublin, Ireland, most of the Greater Dublin Area and outlying towns. The system is made up of five lines:

The lines are owned and operated by Iarnród Éireann, however the Luas (light rail) system is not officially part of this network, and is not operated by Iarnród Éireann. As of October 2006 only the Luas Red Line between Connolly and Heuston stations is featured on DART network maps.

Contents

Service frequency

Northern Commuter
Legend
Continuation backward
To Belfast
Restricted border on track
Border
Station on track
Dundalk Clarke
Continuation to left Junction from right
Drogheda-Navan (Freight Only)
Station on track
Drogheda MacBride
Stop on track
Laytown
Stop on track
Gormanston
Stop on track
Balbriggan
Stop on track
Skerries
Stop on track
Rush & Lusk
Stop on track
Donabate
Stop on track
Malahide (for DART)
Stop on track
Portmarnock
Junction from left Continuation to right
DART Howth Branch
Stop on track
Howth Junction
Unknown BSicon "xpHST"
Kilbarrack DART
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Raheny DART
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Harmonstown DART
Unknown BSicon "xpHST"
Killester DART
Unknown BSicon "hBHF"
Clontarf Road DART
Unknown BSicon "hBHF" Urban stop on track
Dublin Connolly Luas
Unknown BSicon "uCONTr" Elevated Waterway turning to right
Luas Red Line (To Dublin Heuston)
Elevated over water
Loopline Bridge
Unknown BSicon "hBHF"
Tara Street
Unknown BSicon "hBHF"
Dublin Pearse
Continuation forward
(To Bray and Rosslare
South Eastern Commuter
Legend
Interchange head Unknown BSicon "uHSTa"
Dublin Connolly Luas
Straight track Urban straight track
Luas Red Line
Unknown BSicon "uCONTr" Unknown BSicon "mKRZo" Waterway turning to right
(To Dublin Heuston and Tallaght)
Elevated over water
Loopline Bridge
Station on track
Tara Street
Station on track
Dublin Pearse
Unknown BSicon "xpHST"
Grand Canal Dock DART
Stop on track
Lansdowne Road
Unknown BSicon "xpHST"
Sandymount DART
Stop on track
Sydney Parade
Unknown BSicon "xpHST"
Booterstown DART
Stop on track
Blackrock
Unknown BSicon "xpHST"
Seapoint DART
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Salthill and Monkstown DART
Pier Station on track
Dun Laoghaire Mallin
Unknown BSicon "xpHST"
Sandycove and Glasthule DART
Unknown BSicon "xpHST"
Glenageary DART
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Dalkey DART
Unknown BSicon "xpHST"
Killiney DART
Unknown BSicon "xpHST"
Shankill DART
Station on track
Bray Daly
Station on track
Greystones
Station on track
Kilcoole
Station on track
Wicklow
Station on track
Rathdrum
Station on track
Arklow
Station on track
Gorey
Continuation forward
To Rosslare
Western Commuter
Legend
Continuation backward
To Sligo
Station on track
Mullingar
Stop on track
Enfield
Stop on track
Kilcock
Station on track
Maynooth
Stop on track
Leixlip Louisa Bridge
Stop on track
Leixlip Confey
Junction from left Continuation to right
To M3 Parkway
Stop on track
Clonsilla
Stop on track
Coolmine
Stop on track
Castleknock
Stop on track
Navan Road Parkway
Stop on track
Ashtown
Stop on track
Broombridge
Unknown BSicon "exCONTr" Unknown BSicon "eABZrf"
To Liffey Junction and Broadstone (Disused)
Unknown BSicon "tCONTg" Straight track
Exit tunnel Straight track
Phoenix Park Tunnel (To Dublin Heuston)
Track turning left Unknown BSicon "KRZo" Track turning from right
Track turning from left Unknown BSicon "ABZgr+l" Track turning right
Straight track Station on track
Drumcondra
Track turning left Unknown BSicon "KRZo" Transverse terminus from right
Docklands (Luas Spencer Dock)
Interchange on track + Hub
Unknown BSicon "uINTa" + Hub
Dublin Connolly Luas
Straight track Urban straight track
Luas Red Line
Unknown BSicon "uCONTr" Unknown BSicon "mKRZo" Waterway turning to right
(To Dublin Heuston and Tallaght)
Bridge over water
Loopline Bridge
Station on track
Tara Street
End station
Dublin Pearse
South Western Commuter
Legend
Unknown BSicon "tCONTg"
Phoenix Park Tunnel (To Dublin Connolly)
Exit tunnel Unknown BSicon "uCONTg"
Luas Red Line (To Dublin Connolly)
Straight track
Interchange head + Hub
Unknown BSicon "uINT" + Hub
Dublin Heuston Luas
Track turning left Junction from right Unknown BSicon "uCONTf"
Luas Red Line (To Tallaght)
Junction to left Track turning from right
Straight track Non-passenger station/depot on track
Inchicore Works
Junction from left Track turning right
Stop on track
Cherry Orchard & Parkwest
Stop on track
Clondalkin
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Kishoge open 2009
Stop on track
Adamstown
Stop on track
Hazelhatch & Celbridge
Stop on track
Sallins & Naas
Station on track
Newbridge
Station on track
Kildare
Continuation forward
To Cork


Services run from 05:30 to 00:42 from Monday to Saturday and 08:25 to 00:42 on Sunday. However, frequency varies by line, with the DART service being more frequent (every 15 minutes off peak, every few minutes peak) and services to outer stations being less frequent (maybe one every hour off peak). Less trains run on Sunday than any other day, and special timetables may be made for public holidays. There are no services on Christmas Day.

Rolling stock

As of 2006, the majority of rolling stock used on the non-DART services are IE 2900 Class diesel multiple units, with IE 2600 Class, IE 2700 Class, and IE 2800 Class DMUs also in use for some services. The Class 2900 DMUs are fitted with interior LEDs and automated information systems. CIE 8100 Class electric multiple units form the backbone of the DART services, with IE 8200 Class and IE 8500 Class (and its variations) also in use. Locomotive hauled services are no longer generally used on DART/Commuter services, although these (typically British Railways Mark 1 trains, the "Cravens") were a feature before the delivery of the Class 2800 DMUs in the early 2000s. Currently Commuter services are operated by 2600, 2700, 2800, 29000 and 22000 class (note services on Kildare commuter are now operated by 22000 class intercity railcars)

Routes

Northern Commuter

Fleet: 29000, 2800 class dmus.

Stations served - Dublin Pearse, Tara Street, Dublin Connolly, Howth Junction, Clongriffin, Portmarnock, Malahide, Donabate, Rush and Lusk, Skerries, Balbriggan, Gormanston, Laytown, Drogheda, Dundalk.

Dunleer and/or Dundalk South have been mooted as possible additional stations. The track is shared with the Dublin-Belfast Enterprise service, and DART services as far as Malahide. The bridge at Drogheda is single track which may hinder high frequency services in the long term. The halt at Mosney is no longer used due to the closure of the holiday camp there.

Transport 21 envisages electrification as far as Drogheda by 2015, with the stations between Balbriggan and Malahide incorporated into a new DART service between Balbriggan and Hazelhatch (see below).

South Eastern Commuter

Fleet 22000 class dmu

Stations served - Dublin Connolly, Tara Street, Dublin Pearse, Lansdowne Road, Sydney Parade, Blackrock, Dún Laoghaire, Bray, Greystones, Kilcoole, Wicklow, Rathdrum, Arklow, Gorey.

The services share track with the mainline service to Rosslare and the DART service as far as Greystones. The line is single track from Bray onwards. This is the least frequent DART/Commuter service, with only a handful of trains daily.

South Western Commuter

Sometimes called the Kildare Suburban or Kildare Commuter line. Previously known as the Arrow service.

Fleet: 22000 class dmu.

Stations served - Dublin Heuston, Cherry Orchard & Parkwest, Clondalkin & Fonthill, Adamstown, Hazelhatch & Celbridge, Sallins & Naas, Newbridge, Kildare.

This service is the newest Dublin DART/Commuter line. It was launched in 1994 as the Arrow service, shortly after the delivery of the then Arrow-branded Class 2600 railcars. Cherry Orchard, Clondalkin, Hazelhatch and Celbridge and Sallins and Naas stations were opened on the same day, although stations had previously existed on some of these sites. Newbridge station had previously been an InterCity station, though Commuter trains now mainly serve it. The stations on the line were at the time of launch all "Arrow" branded also, though this branding has now been removed. This line does not connect directly with the rest of the network,[citation needed] being operated out of Dublin Heuston, however it is connected by the Luas and Dublin Bus Route 90.

A station used only occasionally for "special" trains also exists at the Curragh. The station at Cherry Orchard was relocated to Cherry Orchard & Parkwest in July 2008 and Clondalkin was located further west as Clondalkin & Fonthill on the Fonthill Road in October 2008. This work is part of the Kildare Route Project, which includes quadruple-tracking the line between Le Fanu Road (east of the present Cherry Orchard station) to just beyond Hazelhatch. There will also be another new station built between Adamstown and Clondalkin at Kishoge, which will be located adjacent to the Lucan Outer Ring Road.

A special development zone (SDZ) called Adamstown is currently under construction. This borders an area from west Lucan to the Kildare rail line and is approx. 16 km from Dublin. It is expected to have 20,000 inhabitants by the time it is completed. A new station opened on 10 April 2007, built and paid for by the developers.

Transport 21 envisages electrification as far as Hazelhatch by 2015. Under CIÉ's Interconnector project, upon electrification of this line and opening of the Interconnector, the existing Kildare line service, as far as Hazelhatch & Celbridge would be replaced by one of two DART lines, running via the Interconnector from Hazelhatch to Balbriggan/Howth. The service would also be directly connected to the rest of the DART/Commuter network at Dublin Pearse.

Western Commuter

Fleet: 29000, 2800 class dmus.

Stations served - City branch: Dublin Pearse, Tara Street, Dublin Connolly, Drumcondra, Broombridge, Ashtown, Phoenix Park, Castleknock, Coolmine, Clonsilla, Leixlip Confey, Leixlip Louisa Bridge, Maynooth, then continuing onto Kilcock, Enfield, Mullingar, Edgeworthstown and Longford.

Docklands branch: Docklands, Broombridge, Ashtown, Phoenix Park Castleknock, Coolmine, Clonsilla, Hansfield, Dunboyne, and M3 Parkway.

This service had been operated as a limited service from November 1981 until 1990, serving Ashtown (opened January 1982), Clonsilla, Leixlip (now Leixlip Louisa Bridge) and Maynooth. In 1990, new stations were opened at Broombridge, Castleknock, Coolmine and Leixlip Confey. Another station at Drumcondra was re-opened in March 1998. Most of the station buildings on this line were a mixture of small block built booking offices and converted steel cabins and there was still a limited service owing to the single track between Clonsilla and Maynooth. In 2001 a major upgrade project took place, with the upgrading of the line between Clonsilla and Maynooth to double track, the entire line being upgraded to continuous welded rail, the building of permanent station buildings at all stations except Broombridge, the replacement of the semaphore signalling with computerised traffic control, and the provision of real time information displays at stations (these have however, apart from at Drumcondra and Phoenix Park station, never been activated).

Since 12 March 2007, several additional weekday services operate on the Maynooth line. However these only operate from Clonsilla, serving the existing stations to Broombridge, and then terminate at the new Docklands railway station. They do not serve either Drumcondra or the central Dublin stations, or the stations beyond Clonsilla. It is planned that these services will run on the proposed branch to Littlepace, and eventually Navan, becoming the proposed Meath Commuter service.[1][2]

On 21 January 2008, Phoenix Park railway station opened. This station is located beside the N3 road in Ashtown, and despite its name is not located in the Phoenix Park, but has rather been built to serve the Phoenix Park Racecourse Apartments constructed on grounds of the former racecourse adjacent to the park.

Transport 21 envisages electrification as far as Maynooth by 2015. Under CIÉ's Interconnector project, upon electrification of this line and opening of the Interconnector, the existing Maynooth line service would be replaced by one of two DART lines, running from Maynooth to Bray.

Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART)

See separate Dublin Area Rapid Transit article.

See also

References

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