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Iarnród Éireann Projects and Investments

Iarnród Éireann is planning for the medium to long term development of the railway.

This section outlines future developments of the railway.Iarnród Éireann is continuing to invest in our rail network and services. Investment in recent years has delivered major benefits, including:

  • Renewed infrastructure, including track, signalling, and other infrastructure
  • New Intercity, Commuter and DART fleet
  • New stations, and upgraded existing stations, including improved accessibility
  • New rail lines, including Cork-Midleton, Ennis-Athenry, Clonsilla-M3 Parkway

Further investment is planned to continue the development of the rail network. However, some major projects have been deferred due to reduction in capital expenditure, which are indicated below.

For further details on outstanding individual Iarnród Éireann projects under the investment programme, please click on the relevant links below:

Centralised Traffic Control Centre

Planning for the replacement of the existing Iarnród Éireann Centralised Traffic Control Centre is now necessary due to capacity restraints with the existing facility and the technological age of existing IT systems.

City Centre Resignalling

This project will meet the ever increasing demand for rail transport by increasing the capacity and frequency of trains through Dublin City Centre. 

DART Expansion Programme

The DART Expansion Programme is a series of projects which would develop and expand the DART network in the Greater Dublin Area, building on one of Ireland’s great public transport success stories, the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit).

Drogheda Boyne Viaduct Refurbishment Project

Over €6.1m was awarded to the refurbishment of the Boyne Viaduct in Drogheda, a railway project that will significantly enhance the transport infrastructure of the region, benefiting cross-border services. Financed through the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Kildare Route Project Phase 2

The overall objective of the project is to facilitate increased capacity and frequency between the new DART Underground station at Inchicore and Hazelhatch/Celbridge station. PROJECT DEFERRED

Luas Cross City

Construction has started on Luas Cross City – Dublin’s new light rail link. It is not anticipated that there will be any disruptions to Iarnród Éireann services throughout this project.

National and Commuter Fleet Investment

The InterCity Railcar fleet has transformed quality, comfort and frequency levels right across the national rail network. Please click here for a full schedule of our fleet renewal plan.

Navan Railway Line

This project would see  extend the existing line from M3 Parkway station to Navan. The proposed extension will consist of 34 km of railway line. PROJECT DEFERRED

Rail Vision 2030

Iarnród Éireann is planning for the medium to long term development of the railway. This report outlines future development of the railway.

Reilly's Level Crossing - Complete

The purpose of the upgrade is to allow the construction of a grade separated crossing, involving the construction of an overbridge adjacent to Reilly’s Bridge on the Ratoath Road. This is now complete.