Tuesday 6 December 2016

Forget the bus, how about a DART from the Airport to town?

Published 02/09/2011 | 08:00

Iarnród Éireann has submitted a plan to create a Dart rail link between Dublin Airport and Dublin city centre.

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The business case for the new line, costing an estimated €200m has been presented to Transport Minister Leo Varadkar.



The construction of a 7km rail line from Clongriffin to the airport would allow passengers a direct link to the city with a projected journey time of just 25 minutes.



The new line could be operational within four years.



The lower cost and rapid delivery of a high-speed rail link from the airport to the city means the project is more likely to be approved by the cash-strapped government.



A review of the capital spending programme is under way and will be completed in September, after which a decision will be made on which of the four projects -- Metro North, DART underground, DART airport and link-up of the two Luas lines -- will go ahead.



Last May the Irish Independent revealed that the Government had ordered Iarnrod Eireann to update a 1991 plan to build a spur from Clongriffin Station to the airport.



The move came amid concerns that the State could not afford a €2.5bn Metro North project from the city centre to Swords via the airport, and that an extension of the DART network could be the cheaper option.

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