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  • Northside West

Train station on track

Monday, 27th August, 2018 8:00am
Train station on track
Train station on track

A NEW railway station is to be built in Pelletstown almost two decades after it was first proposed following a decision by Dublin City Council to grant permission.

The station was first suggested in an area action place proposed by Dublin Corporation in 2000 but it was 13 years later before a planning application was submitted.

During that time Pelletstown evolved from a mainly greenfield area into a fully-fledged urban district with thousands of new homes.

Five years ago permission was granted for the station on the main Dublin-Sligo line but it wasn’t until last year that a detailed plan for Pelletstown Station emerged.

Modifications to the original plan had to be made to allow for a canal boating facility that had been built and to improve security meaning permission had to be sought for again.

The latest plan includes a new footbridge over the Royal Canal to provide access from Royal Canal Avenue and the Canal Towpath.

Street lighting will also be installed at the bridge over the Royal Canal as well as the immediate vicinity of Royal Canal Avenue. 

The new €6.5 million station will be between Ashtown and Broombridge stations and a dedicated pedestrian and cycle path across Ashington Park is included in the plans.

Local residents groups have expressed satisfaction with the proposal, in particular measures included to deal with any anti-social behaviour.

Dublin Chamber welcomed the news that Irish Rail is to finally start construction of the new station.

“The addition of the new Pelletstown station is a big boost for the north-west of the city,” said Dublin Chamber’s Head of Public Affairs Graeme McQueen.

“Not only will the stop serve residents in Pelletstown, but it will provide a dual boost to thousands of residents who live in and around the Navan Road and Ashington areas in the form of access to the Maynooth commuter line and the new Luas green line extension.

“Currently, residents in these areas are cut off from both the Luas and Maynooth line due to the Royal Canal, with no footbridge or access available.

“The plan for Pelletstown station includes a footbridge which will span the canal. As the crow flies, the Broombridge Luas stop is located around 1km from the Ashington suburb, but it currently requires a 40-minute walk.

“The new Pelletstown stop will make public transport a more appealing option for people in the area and help reduce chronic congestion on the Navan Road.

“These plans for a new station are exciting for north Dublin, particularly given the plans to electrify the Maynooth line over the coming years.

“Passenger numbers on the Maynooth line have grown significantly over the past 20 years. With many rush hour services at capacity on the Maynooth line, it is vital that a more frequent service is introduced as soon as possible.”

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