DART+ Coastal to boost capacity Drogheda to Greystones
All elements of DART+ now underway
Iarnród Éireann has appointed Arup as multi-disciplinary design consultants for the DART+ Coastal route, from Drogheda in the north to Greystones in the south (approx. 86km), as part of the DART+ Programme, funded by the National Transport Authority under Project Ireland 2040.
DART+ Coastal will see the extension of electrification of the line from Malahide to Drogheda, and improvements along the existing DART line from Malahide/Howth to Greystones to increase passenger-carrying capacity along the Eastern Commuter Corridor from 17,980 to 26,680 per hour each way, an increase of almost 50%.
Improvements that DART+ Coastal will bring include:
Benefits of DART+ Coastal include:
Arup will be working closely with the Iarnród Éireann’s DART+ Delivery Team to create a design for the electrification extension and associated works, along with the design of modifications on the existing DART line to provide for the required increase in service levels. The project will eliminate level crossings between the city centre and Merrion Gates and develop traffic management and infrastructure plans to facilitate continued vehicular pedestrian and cyclist across to areas adjacent to the existing DART line.
Permissions for the necessary works will be subject to a Railway Order being approved. The Railway Order processes will include extensive public consultation with communities and individuals along the route. Subject to the Railway Order being granted it is expected that construction will commence on DART+ Coastal from the beginning of 2024 with works scheduled for completion in 2027.
The commencement of detailed design of DART+ Coastal means that all aspects of the DART+ Programme are now live. They comprise:
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan TD said: “This is another important step in delivering the overall DART+ Programme which will be the single biggest investment in the rail network ever. Improving our rail infrastructure between Drogheda and Greystones forms an important part of this transformative programme of investment in rail across the Greater Dublin Area. DART+ supports a shift to greener and cleaner transport and can also play an important role in enabling transport-led development across the network.”
Anne Graham, Chief Executive of the National Transport Authority said Anne Graham, Chief Executive of the NTA said: “I very much welcome the appointment of design contractors for DART+ Coastal, and this development is a clear indication real progress is being made across all elements of the DART+ Programme. Thanks to DART+, passenger capacity and service frequency will be vastly improved for people across the rail network in the Greater Dublin Area in the coming years. DART+ will allow more people to make sustainable travel choices and will contribute to reducing our emissions by providing a reliable alternative to the private car. NTA looks forward to continuing to work with Iarnród Éireann in making DART+ a reality.”
Jim Meade, CEO of Iarnród Éireann said: “The start of DART+ Coastal is a very significant milestone for our organisation. It means all aspects of the DART+ programme, which will revolutionise public transport in the Greater Dublin Area, are now underway. It will facilitate a modal shift to sustainable, frequent and reliable train travel to new and existing communities along all the existing and proposed DART routes.”
Peter Adams, Ireland Rail Leader at Arup said: “The DART+ Coastal Line expansion unlocks the transformative potential of rail, creating a fully integrated rail system that will improve the passenger experience and enable the greater Dublin region to flourish. Arup’s multidisciplinary team is proud to partner with Iarnród Éireann to create a more resilient public transport network that will ultimately support Ireland’s move towards sustainable mobility.”