Monday 27 March 2017

New DART station opens at 'little or no cost' to taxpayer

Patricia McDonagh and Colin Gleeson

A NEW DART station was opened yesterday -- at "little or no cost" to the taxpayer.

Clongriffin in north Dublin is the 145th station on the rail network and is the first new DART station since Grand Canal Dock opened in 2001.

It is located between Howth Junction and Portmarnock on the Malahide line, and residents in the area will be able to avail of 63 trains each day, with Connolly Station now just 17 minutes away and the journey to Malahide taking 10 minutes.

Speaking at the opening, Transport Minister Noel Dempsey said it showed how private-public partnership could work.

"I believe this is a very good example of the public and private sector working together to ensure something is produced for the common good," he said.

"This has been delivered at little or no cost to the taxpayer," he added.

Clongriffin station was designed by Iarnrod Eireann architects and funded by developers Gannon Homes and Helsingnor. The funding was in collaboration with Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council.

Two housing estates, comprising of 1,300 homes, have already been built around the new station.

Gerry Gannon, the builder and developer who initially proposed the DART station, said it had come after 15 years of planning.

Land belonging to Mr Gannon -- including a housing estate in Clongriffin -- was recently transferred to NAMA. But he remained bullish about plans for the area.

There is 20,000 sq m of mixed retail and commercial space which is set to transform Clongriffin into a town comprising of 25,000 homes over the next decade.

"I think it (NAMA) will work. It is probably the way forward," he said.

Irish Independent

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