Iarnród Éireann Projects and Investments

Iarnród Éireann Projects and Investments

Iarnród Éireann is building for a future which will see the role of our rail services maximised in meeting the transport needs of the communities we serve, and the wider economy and environment.

Supported by the National Transport Authority, and funded under Project Ireland 2040, we will invest in trains, infrastructure, stations and customer service as part of the National Development Plan 2018-2027.  Investment will also support the national Climate Action Plan, and includes:

  • Up to 640 new train carriages to cater fror growing demand, with up to 600 electric or battery electric carriages included
  • Investment in track, signalling and level crossings to increase frequency and improve journey times
  • New stations, and upgraded existing stations, including improved accessibility and car park facilities

Further investment is planned to continue the development of the rail network.

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

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. 

Cork Line Level Crossings Project

Iarnród Éireann is undertaking the Cork Line Level Crossings Project to identify the best approach to
removing/upgrading seven level crossings located along the main Cork to Dublin line. These level
crossings are being removed/upgraded to provide a safer environment for those living near the rail line
and a more efficient service for all Iarnród Éireann customers.

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).

Investment in New Trains

New carriages will begin entering service from late 2021 to meet the needs of a record and growing number of customers, and allow more commuters switch to rail transport.

National Train Control Centre

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