DART+ West Next Steps
The preliminary options selection and design development that has been undertaken has led to the development of the Emerging Preferred Option which is the focus of this public consultation stage.
Once the public consultation process is complete all feedback and submissions received will be reviewed and assessed as part of the next stage of the design development. Following a full appraisal of the feedback, a public consultation report will be prepared to document this process and it will be incorporated into the Options Selection Report.
Further studies, assessments and consultations will lead to development of the Preferred Option which will be presented to the public at Public Consultation No.2 in Autumn 2020.
All information gathered by the project team will be used to inform the design development of the project which will be the subject of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) (if required), and ultimately the Railway Order application will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála.
View of typical section of twin track electrified rail line
The application to An Bord Pleanála for a Railway Order is broadly similar to the planning process with which most people are familiar.
The Railway Order application process is set out in the Transport (Railway Infrastructure) Act 2001 (as amended) and the application will be made to An Bord Pleanála. The EIAR will detail the nature and extent of the proposed project and identify and describe the impacts on the environment. It will also detail measures which will be taken to avoid, reduce and/or monitor these impacts. Following the submission of the Railway Order Application to An Bord Pleanála, the public are invited through public notices to make submissions which will be duly considered by An Bord Pleanála as part of the decision making process.
We expect that An Bord Pleanála will conduct an oral hearing, to allow the public to provide further participation in the decision making process for this project. At an oral hearing the Iarnród Éireann project team will provide responses to submissions and will be available for questioning. Any person or body may make a submission or observation in writing to the Board in relation to the Railway Order application including the Environmental Impact Assessment Report and the Compulsory Purchase land requirements.
We expect to make the application to An Bord Pleanála in mid 2021.
DART+ Maynooth Line project will predominantly consist of works within the existing railway corridor. However, where interventions and modifications are required outside of the existing corridor (such as at the replacement level crossings and the proposed depot) some land acquisition will be required.
We are now embarking on an extensive programme of consultations with the potentially affected property owners. If your property is likely to be directly affected by the works you should already have heard from us. Our Community Liaison Representative will be available throughout the process to ensure you are regularly updated on the current proposals.
Public participation is a key element to the delivery of major infrastructure projects such as DART+ West.
Here you will find useful DART+ Maynooth Line material for you to download.