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Rail chiefs on track to open new city link

A NEW rail commuter service from Dunboyne to Dublin is on track to open next month.

Iarnrod Eireann is also pushing ahead with a new line to Navan, with design work underway.

It is the first time since 1947 that Dunboyne has been served by rail since the station closed. The Clonsilla to Navan line closed in 1963.

Construction is now complete on the 7.5 km double track rail and driver training for the line has started, Iarnrod Eireann confirmed.

The new line will branch off the Maynooth line at Clonsilla and serve Dunboyne and M3 Parkway Station, a major park and ride station at the interchange with the M3 north of Dunboyne.

"All trackwork, signalling, station and bridge works are complete," an Irish Rail spokesman said.

The precise date of opening for the new service will be confirmed subject to testing progress, he said.

Trains will run every 30 minutes, but the infrastructure will allow for more trains as the demand increases.

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The journey time from Dunboyne to Dublin will be as little as 27 minutes at peak, with a 31-minute run from M3 Parkway Station to Dublin.

The service will be operated by commuter trains to and from Docklands Station on weekdays and Connolly Station at weekends.

The new M3 Parkway Station includes a 1,200 space car park, the largest park and ride facility in the country. There will be 300 car park spaces at Dunboyne Station.

A third new station will be provided at Hansfield, a "developer led" station.

Iarnrod Eireann also said it has also started design of the M3 Parkway to Navan line. A Railway Order will be lodged in May, 2011 for the project.

The development, 34kms of double track, is a key part of the Government-funded Transport 21 programme.

The preferred route is along the alignment of the old Navan railway line.

Four stations are planned, at Dunshaughlin, Kilmessan, Navan Town Centre and a terminus station on the north edge of Navan.

mlavery@herald.ie


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