As the Depot is very near Kilcock Station, can DART+ West not be extended to Kilcock?
At present, Kilcock Station is a single platform station. Continuation of DART+ to Kilcock would require construction of double track into along a very narrow railway corridor, necessary overbridge modifications and the reconstruction of Kilcock Station to provide the necessary train infrastructure. This would present significant difficulties at the station and be disruptive to Kilcock town centre. The transport assessment undertaken by the NTA is defining the Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area (2016-2035) has concluded that the short to medium term passenger demands west of Maynooth Maynooth will be serviced increased numbers of diesel train services. Electrification of the Sligo line beyond Maynooth remains an objective of Iarnród Éireann. It has been agreed that the NTA will consider the next phase of electrification on the Sligo Line and the required service levels to meet passenger demand in a review of the Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area. This review is scheduled for the end 2021. It is important to note that the works now proposed along the Maynooth Line will not preclude future electrification of the line to Kilcock and further west. The short to medium term future demands beyond Maynooth will be serviced by diesel trains released by the new electrified rollingstock and that, although the electrification of the line beyond Maynooth remains an Iarnród Éireann objective, termination at Kilcock presents difficulties in that the station would have to be reconstructed to facilitate the required turnback capacity. The next phase of electrification will consider the appropriate location for turning back trains. It was agreed that the NTA would consider the next phase of electrification in the review of the transport strategy. This is scheduled for the end of next year.Print