- Docklands railway station
Docklands The station building as seen from Sheriff St, 23 March 2007. Location Place Dublin Docklands Local authority Dublin City Council Operations Station code 84 Platforms in use 2 History 12 March 2007 Station opens Iarnród Éireann - Ireland railway stations A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Docklands Station (Stáisiún Ceantar Dugaí) is a new railway station serving the Dublin Docklands area in Ireland owned by Córas Iompair Éireann planned as part of the Government Transport 21 initiative.
The station was officially opened for commuter services by then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at a temporary location on Sheriff Street in the North Wall area of Dublin's Northside on 12 March 2007, construction groundbreaking having taken place on 9 March 2006 with Transport Minister Martin Cullen. It is the first new heavy rail station in Dublin city centre since Tara Street opened in 1891. It was required because the nearby Connolly Station had reached capacity and could not support additional commuter services to County Meath.
The temporary two-platform station is one of two termini for the Western Commuter service run by Iarnród Éireann, with hourly services to Clonsilla on the Maynooth/Longford line. The station is linked to the city centre by the 93 and 151 bus services.
The station will move to a permanent location in the Spencer Dock site as part of the Interconnector tunnel plan under the government's Transport 21 initiative, due to be completed by 2015. Planning conditions attached to the temporary site stated that it must be removed by May 2016. However, in March 2008, it was reported that the transport minister, Noel Dempsey, would allow CIÉ to seek new planning permission to keep the station on a permanent basis as a terminus for services from Maynooth and Navan following his decision to allow the Railway Procurement Agency to utilise Broadstone station for extensions to the Luas.
The extended Luas Red Line does not directly connect with Docklands Station. Instead, commuters have to walk approximately half a kilometre via an indirect route to Spencer Dock Luas stop or to Mayor Street Luas stop. Should the interconnector ever be built, on current plans there will still be an indirect connection via the proposed Spencer Dock station, which is planned to be adjacent to the Luas stop of the same name.
- ^ RTÉ News: New railway station opens in Dublin city
- ^ IOL (March 9, 2006). Cullen turns sod on new Dublin city railway station. Retrieved March 9, 2006.
- ^ http://www.meathontrack.com/transport21.html
- ^ Dempsey derails ambitious CIÉ plan and opts for new Luas line Irish Times, 06/02/08
- Photos of the station under construction
- Station information from irishrail.ie
- Transport21 - Project Page
- Comment on suitability of Docklands Station
- Eiretrains - Docklands Station
Preceding station Iarnród Éireann Following station Terminus Commuter
Broombridge From 2015 Clontarf Road DART
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