Operation Access: Lansdowne Road Station closed evening of 18th November for UEFA 2020 exercise
07 November 2019
For the Republic of Ireland v Denmark Euro 2020 qualifier on 18th November, supporters and regular commuters should use Grand Canal Dock or Sandymount Stations between 17.30hrs and 23.00hrs.
Lansdowne Road DART Station will close temporarily on the evening of Monday, 18th November 2019 for the Republic of Ireland vs Denmark UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifying match.
This closure, which will take place between 17:30hrs and 23:00hrs, is part of Operation Access, a trial operational exercise ahead of the Aviva Stadium’s hosting of four games during UEFA EURO 2020 next summer.
DART services will operate fully, but passengers should use either Grand Canal Dock DART Station or Sandymount DART Station, both of which will be open throughout, during the closure of Lansdowne Road.
Regular users of Lansdowne Road DART Station and Republic of Ireland vs Denmark match ticket holders are encouraged to visit www.euro2020.fai.ie where detailed FAQs on this exercise and maps of the Access Routes can be found. Passengers with restricted mobility, who typically use Lansdowne Road Station but will not be attending the match, should contact email@example.com for assistance.
We thank customers for their cooperation with these arrangements, and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The matches at EURO 2020 will have different profiles, requirements, mobility patterns, and ticketing systems to a normal game at Aviva Stadium. Following reviews at UEFA Tournament and Finals, UEFA has made a recommendation to increase the size of the Outer Perimeter in order to ensure there is no congestion in all areas around the Aviva Stadium. It is expected that the countries participating in the EURO 2020 games in Dublin will bring a lot of supporters to the city, some of whom will not have tickets. The change in the access systems allows the Match Operations team to prevent ticketless supporters accessing the inner cordon of the stadium thus creating a safe environment and queuing system at the turnstiles and staying within the safe holding capacity of the approach roads to the turnstiles.
The decision to hold a trial closure of Lansdowne Road DART Station on the evening of the Republic of Ireland vs Denmark game was taken jointly by the Dublin UEFA EURO 2020 Local Organising Structure (LOS) made up of Dublin City Council, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and the Aviva Stadium, in conjunction with An Garda Síochána, the National Transport Authority (NTA), and Iarnród Éireann.
The purpose of the exercise is to examine logistics, mobility, safety, security and stadium access prior to next June’s matches. The Republic of Ireland vs Denmark UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifying match was chosen for this exercise as the spectator numbers are anticipated to be similar to a UEFA EURO 2020 Finals Tournament match.
Lansdowne Road Station will only be closed for the Republic of Ireland v Denmark match, and - subject to a review of the exercise - UEFA 2020 Finals matches next summer. For all other major events, including football, rugby and concerts at the stadium, normal arrangements will apply.