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  • Registered Users Posts: 946 ✭✭✭ Rulmeq


    p_haugh wrote: »
    New Website for Dart + has been made available today, likely in advance of the public consultation going live.

    https://www.dartplus.ie/en-ie/home


    Navigated to the "virtual consultation room" they linked: https://www.dartplusvr.ie/ and they haven't set up their certs correctly.



    The certificate used to encrypt your connection to this website does not match the domain it was issued for. Attackers might try to steal sensitive information from you, such as passwords or credit cards.





  • Registered Users Posts: 7,914 ✭✭✭ cgcsb


    So looks like no stations between Parkwest and Glasnevin.

    Given the rural nature of the remaining stations I'd say might aswel cancel the project. Its a massive spend to boost capacity at under used stations basically


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,001 ✭✭✭✭ loyatemu


    cgcsb wrote: »
    So looks like no stations between Parkwest and Glasnevin.

    Given the rural nature of the remaining stations I'd say might aswel cancel the project. Its a massive spend to boost capacity at under used stations basically

    it seems like it's primarily a park and ride service to take traffic off the N7.

    But it's ridiculous to not include extra stations, are they seriously going to build a mass-transit system with only 6 stops over 11km? At least the Kylemore and Cabra stations should be included from the start. It's like building Metrolink and only including the stops at Swords and the Airport.


  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 34,550 Mod ✭✭✭✭ AlmightyCushion


    loyatemu wrote: »
    it seems like it's primarily a park and ride service to take traffic off the N7.

    But it's ridiculous to not include extra stations, are they seriously going to build a mass-transit system with only 6 stops over 11km? At least the Kylemore and Cabra stations should be included from the start. It's like building Metrolink and only including the stops at Swords and the Airport.

    Well, that would save a few quid so don't be giving them ideas.


  • Moderators, Education Moderators Posts: 26,150 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Peregrine


    So there will be four stations between Hazelhatch and Heuston and all four of them currently face a field on one if not both sides.

    There will be a 9km distance between Park West and Glasnevin.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,246 ✭✭✭ AngryLips


    There is so much that could be done with Dart+ Southwest that they're not doing. It's a wonder they're bothering with the project at all. Why go to the bother of upgrading the line without adding any additional stations? Why not build a spur to better serve Celbridge? I really don't see what this upgrade is going to achieve that isn't already being achieved with the existing infrastructure.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,162 ✭✭✭ 1huge1


    Obviously I agree that I would like to see more stations in between, but even with the current plans, it is worth it. Electrifying the network plays a role in the decarbonising of our transport sector and this will increase the capactiy/frequency of the Phoenix Park Tunnel service.

    I think much could be done around Park West & Cherry Orchard in terms of creating a large P&R as mentioned above. (though on second thought, there doesn't seem to be great M50 access to that train station).

    Nothing to stop them adding more stations in the future, similar to what is currently happening between Ashtown & Broombridge (the new stations name escapes me).


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,001 ✭✭✭✭ loyatemu


    1huge1 wrote: »
    Nothing to stop them adding more stations in the future, similar to what is currently happening between Ashtown & Broombridge (the new stations name escapes me).

    there's nothing to stop them doing anything at all in the future, but this is the big project to upgrade the line, it doesn't make sense to go to all this trouble and expense to provided high frequency services to a handful of semi-rural stations.


  • Registered Users Posts: 918 ✭✭✭ riddlinrussell


    1huge1 wrote: »
    Obviously I agree that I would like to see more stations in between, but even with the current plans, it is worth it. Electrifying the network plays a role in the decarbonising of our transport sector and this will increase the capactiy/frequency of the Phoenix Park Tunnel service.

    I think much could be done around Park West & Cherry Orchard in terms of creating a large P&R as mentioned above. (though on second thought, there doesn't seem to be great M50 access to that train station).

    Nothing to stop them adding more stations in the future, similar to what is currently happening between Ashtown & Broombridge (the new stations name escapes me).

    I think they simply didn't have the budget when all this started planning to scope actual stations at Kylemore/Cabra (and possible extension to Sallins/Newbridge.

    I'd like to see ancillary projects begun ASAP to get these stations planned and built with the additional funds the Greens are supposed to have secured for PT, its a much smaller outlay, and if the planning is at an advanced stage while South West is going to construction then preparatory stuff can be done simultaneously, making final install (say in the months after south west is completed) comparatively trivial.

    How feasible would it be for them to triple track Hazelhatch to Newbridge with One dedicated DART track and one shared IC/DART (Outbound DARTs when IC/Commuters are mostly inbound in the morning, and vice versa in the evening) Or would it be impossible/more worthwhile to quad all the way to Newbridge?


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,104 ✭✭✭ Pete_Cavan


    Virtual Consultation Room now live. Its pretty cool the way they have a room for the various different elements of DART+. There will be a consultation on Fleet.

    Overall DART+ South West looks basic enough but they want to do a big job to get four tracks under the bridge at SCR approaching Heuston.

    The Key Infrastructural Elements board states;
    Feasibility report and concept design for a potential new Heuston West Station.

    The ‘Emerging Preferred Option’ will be compatible with future stations at Kylemore and Cabra, although the construction of these stations is not part of the DART+ South West Project


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,914 ✭✭✭ cgcsb


    1huge1 wrote: »
    Obviously I agree that I would like to see more stations in between, but even with the current plans, it is worth it. Electrifying the network plays a role in the decarbonising of our transport sector and this will increase the capactiy/frequency of the Phoenix Park Tunnel service.

    I think much could be done around Park West & Cherry Orchard in terms of creating a large P&R as mentioned above. (though on second thought, there doesn't seem to be great M50 access to that train station).

    Nothing to stop them adding more stations in the future, similar to what is currently happening between Ashtown & Broombridge (the new stations name escapes me).
    P and R actually adds very little in terms of passenger numbers to a transport network. In terms of value for money, improving walking and cycling links to stations is about 5 or 6 times more beneficial.

    The current plans for DART+SW seem to add effectively nothing to the network. We'll have a high capacity DART line providing an express service to four rural stations to Glasnevin that passes through some High density suburbs and a couple of hectars of prime brownfield development land.

    This rips up their business case basically. Maybe IE don't want a functional business case?

    Either way it's a laughable attempt at building an urban rail network.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,914 ✭✭✭ cgcsb


    I think they simply didn't have the budget when all this started planning to scope actual stations at Kylemore/Cabra (and possible extension to Sallins/Newbridge.

    I'd like to see ancillary projects begun ASAP to get these stations planned and built with the additional funds the Greens are supposed to have secured for PT, its a much smaller outlay, and if the planning is at an advanced stage while South West is going to construction then preparatory stuff can be done simultaneously, making final install (say in the months after south west is completed) comparatively trivial.

    How feasible would it be for them to triple track Hazelhatch to Newbridge with One dedicated DART track and one shared IC/DART (Outbound DARTs when IC/Commuters are mostly inbound in the morning, and vice versa in the evening) Or would it be impossible/more worthwhile to quad all the way to Newbridge?

    Might aswel take the tracks out to save money. We'll have a frequent rail service that serves nowhere without new stations. 3 new stations is a tiny ask


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,597 ✭✭✭ Phil.x


    12 years ago this topic started and not a single overhead wire installed, how many more decades before it even starts.

    It will be a great day when salad box ryan and the crazy gang are no more.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,364 ✭✭✭ Qrt


    Hopefully everyone’s primary comment on the consultation is the lack of stations and they cop on, much like the initial BusConnects land take.


  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 20,886 Mod ✭✭✭✭ bk


    cgcsb wrote: »
    The current plans for DART+SW seem to add effectively nothing to the network. We'll have a high capacity DART line providing an express service to four rural stations to Glasnevin that passes through some High density suburbs and a couple of hectars of prime brownfield development land.

    I'm not saying that they shouldn't build these stations, but I'd assume that the 4 "rural" stations will see very large scale developments (maybe even SDZ's) right next to the stations. Being greenfield sites, they have the potential to end up much higher density then more mature areas. Also given an option, developers prefer greenfield sites to brownfield sites.

    I think it is silly to say "add effectively nothing to the network." when they are a brilliant opportunity to add 10 of thousands of new homes to Dublin.

    This line will basically open up massive scales of development in South West of Dublin.


  • Registered Users Posts: 808 ✭✭✭ gjim


    cgcsb wrote: »
    Might aswel take the tracks out to save money. We'll have a frequent rail service that serves nowhere without new stations. 3 new stations is a tiny ask
    Let's not go overboard. Everyone would have liked to have seen more ambition in DART+ but you can't be serious suggesting handing back any money offered to improve commuter rail in Dublin after decades of underinvestment.

    Anyway, given the heavy IC traffic on this section, the only way this line can ever support high quality commuter services is with the upgrades planned for Dart SW. New rail stations appear now and then in Ireland without huge fanfare or decades of political toing and froing - if the DART SW infrastructure is in place I don't see why the same shouldn't happen along this line.

    And the development potential along this corridor is huge - there's a big swath of brownfield and light industrial land perfect for conversion to high density residential right beside these tracks that could easily accommodate 20,000 people. Development of this area will produce levies to fund station building.


  • Registered Users Posts: 145 ✭✭ Cyndaquil


    It's Northsiders that have truly missed out on rail investment over the years. Most Luas concentration is on the south side apart from Broombridge


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,162 ✭✭✭ 1huge1


    Metro link should correct a lot of that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,914 ✭✭✭ cgcsb


    bk wrote: »
    I'm not saying that they shouldn't build these stations, but I'd assume that the 4 "rural" stations will see very large scale developments (maybe even SDZ's) right next to the stations. Being greenfield sites, they have the potential to end up much higher density then more mature areas. Also given an option, developers prefer greenfield sites to brownfield sites.

    I think it is silly to say "add effectively nothing to the network." when they are a brilliant opportunity to add 10 of thousands of new homes to Dublin.

    This line will basically open up massive scales of development in South West of Dublin.

    If you're referring to clonburris, then forget it. Like Poolbeg West it's a government/Council led project which means it takes decades to deliver if at all and will only be half what's promised. Remember the glass bottle site has been earmarked for housing since about 1997. 0 units delivered or under construction in 2021.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,914 ✭✭✭ cgcsb


    gjim wrote: »
    Let's not go overboard. Everyone would have liked to have seen more ambition in DART+ but you can't be serious suggesting handing back any money offered to improve commuter rail in Dublin after decades of underinvestment.

    Anyway, given the heavy IC traffic on this section, the only way this line can ever support high quality commuter services is with the upgrades planned for Dart SW. New rail stations appear now and then in Ireland without huge fanfare or decades of political toing and froing - if the DART SW infrastructure is in place I don't see why the same shouldn't happen along this line.

    And the development potential along this corridor is huge - there's a big swath of brownfield and light industrial land perfect for conversion to high density residential right beside these tracks that could easily accommodate 20,000 people. Development of this area will produce levies to fund station building.

    Deadly serious. We could have a very good cycle network for the same money. The project as it stands does nothing for Dublin, its a property value booster for horse enthusiasts of North Kildare.

    Residents got consultation docs today. Prepare yourself for an onslaught particularly the communities in cabra that already had the disruption of luas construction. Today they found out multiple bridges will be taken out and replaced in their areas and they'll have years of construction but unlike luas there'll be no new service offered.

    You thought busconnects was bad?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,670 ✭✭✭ IE 222


    Klymore is a missed opportunity here. The bridge works would absorb a lot of the building costs. Seems stupid not to relocate that crossover between the Dart and IC lines further west from the beginning.

    They should also preserve access and a walkway from Le Fanu bridge along the northern boundary to the point of the Up Dart platform seen as they'll be doing clearance works right up to the boundaries between the 2 bridges.

    Park West getting a turn back platform as well.

    Looks like Dart will take up a lot of space and platform capacity in Hueston also. The track layout looks as though platform 7 and 8 will be solely for Dart. Is it possible to extend platform 6 or reduce platform 5 and turn 6 into island platform? A Hueston West would save the need of having to bring Dart into Hueston and use the spare paths for an hourly Hueston - Kildare/Newbridge service.

    It looks like they'll reduce the tracks to 2 at platform 10. It would probably be sensible to keep a 3rd track for holding freight ect trains in case of delays. They'll need a clear run from North Wall to Hazelhatch or Naas.


  • Registered Users Posts: 112 ✭✭ Bsharp


    I see the report includes future provision for a station Kylemore. They're having yet another go at DART underground so maybe the station's being looked at in this context before commitment to it's final location.
    When you looking at development proposals for Naas Road area, and capacity issues on the red line that can't be resolved easily, it's madness not to have a station there.
    For all the talk of combining transport and land use planning we're still making an absolute shambles of things.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,772 ✭✭✭✭ murphaph


    None of the proposed works prohibit the addition of further stations later. Of course it would be preferable to see the "reserved" stations at Heuston West, Cabra etc. delivered at opening but the most important thing is to deliver the capacity.

    We always complain about housing being delivered without the requisite infrastructure. For once the infrastructure will go in first and the underutilised corridor from Adamstown to Park West can be planned sustainably with priority given to north-south pedestrian and cycle access to stations from new housing developments.


  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 9,104 Mod ✭✭✭✭ CatInABox


    In the grand scheme of the project, how much extra would the stations add on? Will they do enabling works so that putting in the stations in the future isn't as disruptive? Can they add the stations in future without disrupting services?

    Those are questions that I'd need answered before I'd accept their excuse that stations aren't part of this project


  • Moderators, Education Moderators Posts: 26,150 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Peregrine


    CatInABox wrote: »
    In the grand scheme of the project, how much extra would the stations add on? Will they do enabling works so that putting in the stations in the future isn't as disruptive? Can they add the stations in future without disrupting services?

    Those are questions that I'd need answered before I'd accept their excuse that stations aren't part of this project

    €16.5m for Cabra.
    €6.3m or €8.5m for Kylemore depending on which consultant you ask.

    Putting in provision for stations now may involve spending some of those costs now. The total cost of DART+ South West is €450m (minus fleet).

    Basically peanuts.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,246 ✭✭✭ AngryLips


    bk wrote: »
    I think it is silly to say "add effectively nothing to the network." when they are a brilliant opportunity to add 10 of thousands of new homes to Dublin.

    This line will basically open up massive scales of development in South West of Dublin.


    The line is already there, the capacity is already there. There's nothing stopping them from proceeding with any nearby development as is. This project does nothing for Dublin commuting.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,104 ✭✭✭ Pete_Cavan


    Page 24 of the Public Consultation Brochure (on the table in the middle of the room) states;
    8.3.2 Area around Kylemore Road Bridge
    This section of the railway comprises two existing tracks and one bridge structure (Kylemore Road Bridge). The bridge does not have adequate span length to fit four tracks and is not high enough for the DART line electrification infrastructure to pass under. There are a number of constraints in this area including:
    •The railway corridor is bounded on both sides by soil slopes.
    •To the north and south of the bridge are road junctions and access points that that significantly restrict alterations that may be required to the road geometry.
    •Kylemore Road is a potential route for a future LUAS line. Therefore, the design must consider this potential new infrastructure.
    •The west of Kylemore Road Bridge has been identified for a potential future railway station to the west of the bridge.

    The designs for this area must not prejudice its delivery in the future. The Emerging Preferred Option for Kylemore Road Bridge replaces the bridge with a longer span to facilitate the additional track width. To overcome the lack of height available for the electrification infrastructure, the road level will be raised in combination with lowering the rail track.
    Retaining walls are required to the north and south of the corridor to allow the widening of the corridor while minimising the impact on the adjacent properties. The raising of the road level will also mean that retaining walls will be required along the road to the north and south of the railway.
    The proposed new bridge is presented above in sectional elevation looking east

    With all that work done, what would be the additional things needed for a station? The plaforms themselves (could potentially be one island platform instead of two platforms to save costs), ramps down from the new bridge (with supports and connections designed into the bridge structure), some railings and gates, couple of TVMs and info screens, some lighting, etc. Shouldn't need a footbridge as the road bridge fulfills that duty and ramps remove the need for lifts. Can't see how it would cost several million when already doing large civil and electrical works in that exact location. Same mostly goes for Cabra too.


  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 20,886 Mod ✭✭✭✭ bk


    AngryLips wrote: »
    The line is already there, the capacity is already there. There's nothing stopping them from proceeding with any nearby development as is. This project does nothing for Dublin commuting.

    While the line is there, the services currently servicing it certainly do not have the capacity to take on 10's of thousands of extra passengers that massive new developments would bring.

    DART+ is needed to bring the needed capacity and it also tends to increase the attractiveness for both developers and buyers.

    DART has been extremely successful and DART+ will open up West Dublin in much the same way.


  • Registered Users Posts: 927 ✭✭✭ xper


    For those who aren't inclined to read the full documentation, here's what the report has to say about the proposed new stations:
    10.3.1. Future Stations at Kylemore and Cabra
    The DART+ South West Project requires consideration of potential future stations along the line insofar as avoiding track alignments which would prejudice their delivery in the future. Potential future stations along the DART+ South West line, are:
    • A future station at Kylemore. The DART Expansion – Rail Four-tracking from West of Hazelhatch to Phoenix Park Tunnel (2018) identified a location to the west of Kylemore Road Bridge for this station. In terms of the design of the replacement Kylemore Road Bridge (OBC5A), the Emerging Preferred Option will be compatible with a future station to the west of the bridge.
    • A future station at Cabra. The track alignment proposals for DART+ South West will be compatible with a future station (the exact location of which has yet to be determined).
    A preliminary assessment for the location of a future station in this area was undertaken by the Project Team to identify the most suitable location for the future station and determine potential implications for the horizontal alignment of the railway. In this regard, a design concept for the station will be dictated by the rail corridor solution and site constraints. The findings confirmed that the horizontal alignment will remain largely unchanged, with no interventions likely to the existing retaining walls or additional land acquisition outside of the existing rail corridor.
    These future stations will be the subject of further detailed assessment and will be brought forward where appropriate, as individual projects.
    They're simply out of scope of this particular project and this project will do nothing to hamper progressing them as separate projects, in parallel or otherwise under the Dart+ umbrella or even later.
    I'd say the possible re-emergence of the DART Underground proposal along serves to treat these station proposals as separate projects. DU may influence the exact location of Kylemore and could also affect the business case or cost/benefit of the Cabra station if DU will mean fewer trains using the Phoenix Park Tunnel route.Not art all saying that would be the case but would explain a separate evaluation for each.


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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 4,297 Mod ✭✭✭✭ spacetweek


    I had a look at Google Maps. Part of the reason for not going ahead with Kylemore/Cabra may be that both future station locations are only 15 mins walk from Luas.

    I'm well aware of capacity issues on Luas, and the fact that areas further away are effectively out of walking distance, but it probably doesn't help the business case for adding the stations now.

    Personally I would go ahead with the stations anyway, but that's just me.

    Was up in Ashtown over the weekend, my friends live across the road from Pelletstown, which is flying along. Due to open in September I believe.


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