Proposed new Phoenix Park Tunnel rail services now available for public consultation

05 September 2016

Draft schedule outlines new public transport connections

Extra peak weekday services from Newbridge and Hazelhatch to Grand Canal Dock via tunnel

Iarnród Éireann, following initial consultation with the National Transport Authority, has today published a draft timetable from Newbridge and Hazelhatch to Grand Canal Dock, via the Phoenix Park Tunnel line. The proposed new services are part of wider schedule revisions proposed for Heuston Intercity and Commuter routes. 

The National Transport Authority (NTA) is funding a €13.7 million upgrade of the Phoenix Park Tunnel line which will see new services operate from Newbridge and Hazelhatch to Grand Canal Dock, via the Phoenix Park Tunnel, Drumcondra, Connolly, Tara Street and Pearse Stations. The new services will deliver new direct rail services from one of the country’s busiest commuter belts to the IFSC, South City Centre and Grand Canal Dock area.

The draft schedule revisions are now available below for customers to review and comment upon. The public consultation will continue until Monday 19th September.

Proposed service changes include:
  • Seven new morning peak services from Newbridge or Hazelhatch to Grand Canal Dock.
  • Eight new evening peak services from Grand Canal Dock to Newbridge/Hazelhatch.
  • Connections to and from the new services for customers from outer commuter services such as Carlow, Portlaoise, Kildare and Athlone at Newbridge/Hazelhatch.
  • Existing commuter service levels to/from Heuston Stations are maintained.
  • Minor time changes to other Heuston route services, which customers are encouraged to review and comment upon.

David Franks, Chief Executive of Iarnród Éireann said “we are looking forward to delivering better services for commuters with the introduction of new services via the Phoenix Park Tunnel.  This will allow thousands more commuters daily switch to rail, and deliver a new direct rail connection from stations between Newbridge and ParkWest to stations such as Drumcondra, Connolly, Tara St, Pearse and Grand Canal Dock.However, firstly, and most importantly, we want customers to examine the initial schedules proposed, to give us their feedback, so we can ensure we meet their expectations as much as possible.”

Anne Graham, Chief Executive Officer of the National Transport Authority said “We are delighted that the project that the Authority funded as part of a major initiative to attract new customers to the rail network, is now coming to fruition. The provision of services to the north, central and south city destinations will significantly benefit commuters and also provide improved travel options for leisure customers. The Authority will be working closely with Iarnród Éireann to further develop rail services after assessing the revised patterns of travel following the implementation of these new services.”

Public consultation

The public consultation process enables customers to express their opinions on changes proposed, or any other schedule issues they wish to see addressed. These are then examined before the final timetable is adopted. Iarnród Éireann is asking customers for their opinions on the proposed schedule, which can be submitted via an online form.

Comments and concerns will be examined to identify major issues and improvements suggested by customers. Iarnród Éireann will endeavour to implement customers’ suggestions where possible. 

Suggested alterations which cannot be implemented at this timetable change will be retained in a database for consideration at future timetable reviews.

It is then intended to implement the new schedule, incorporating customer feedback where possible and subject to the approval of the National Transport Authority. The implementation date will be confirmed following the assessment of customer feedback and review of draft schedules.

Iarnród Éireann and the National Transport Authority intend to further expand Phoenix Park Tunnel services to off-peak and weekends at a future date, with the initial focus on increasing service levels and capacity for weekday commuters and other rail customers.

DRAFT Timetable

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