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Park & ride scheme to open 'ghost' rail station

A new Dublin train station which has been left idle will be opened next year, it is hoped.

Iarnrod Eireann has applied for planning permission from Fingal County Council to open a park and ride facility beside the empty Hansfield rail stop in Dublin 15.

When the extra car spaces are installed, it will make it viable to open the "ghost" station, local Fianna Fail councillor David McGuinness told the Herald. He said residents have been told the commuter stop, on the Dunboyne rail line, will be in use from June 2012.

It will be a huge relief for families in areas such as Littlepace, Clonee, Castaheany and Ongar who commute to work and school.

In August last year, the Herald reported that the opening of the station was being delayed because two property companies had not built an agreed access road.

Discussions have been taking place in recent months between Fingal, Iarnrod Eireann, developers Manor Park Homebuilders and the Department of Transport to resolve the situation.

Mr McGuinness described the process as "painfully slow" but now progress has been made.

It is understood funding for the access road will now be provided through the Department of Transport, with the intention that the monies will be eventually recouped.