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Unused Train Station Needs €3.8m Refurbishment

  • 09-05-2022 3:37pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,042 ✭✭✭ RoTelly

    "You have to put it into the context that when this station was planned, and then when it was built, it was built on the premise that there would be significant development in that area," she said.

    "That didn't occur, unfortunately, due to the economic climate. So for a long number of years there was no access into the station," she added.

    "We had a problem because we don't own the land around the station, so we had to get a license agreement to get access and car parking in there," Ms Cregan said.

    Do trains pass by this station? Could maintenance people drive to another close by station and hop on a train to get to this station?


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 62,626 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011

    Trains go through it all the time, but an unscheduled stop can mess up a schedule and anyone going there via that method would need Personal Track Safety passes, which are a complete pain in the arse even for CIE staff to get.

    So I imagine that nobody bothered due to the hassle.

    Also, there's the perverse rational to support not maintaining it - Irish Rail would have had to fund the maintainence itself whereas now they can probably get state money for the retrofit!

    Also, some of the cost is going to be changes in standards, branding, new passenger info screens that other stations would have got and the media would have screamed over being spent on a closed station.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,441 ✭✭✭ donaghs

    On the plus side, its nice to some planning being done in advance of housing developments. I've no doubt development will come that area eventually, given the demand for housing and our ever growing population of working-age people.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,042 ✭✭✭ RoTelly

    Schedule stops during non-peak hours. Surely a requirement for CIE maintenance staff is to have personally track safety pass.

    They track would have been maintained due to the use of the railroad.

    Don't put in place any market or any passenger information (expect laying the cables) until it is ready to open.

    The government should tell them to f off, and not give any funding to this and completely lay the blame at IE and its management/mismanagement.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,042 ✭✭✭ RoTelly

    No problem with this at all, but planned maintenance would have been a better investment, rather than planned destruction in the hope of government funding.

    Good luck to them on August 2023, expect it in August 2025.

    Iarnród Éireann's communications executive Jane Cregan told RTÉ's News at One that it is anticipated it will be ready to open in the third quarter of 2023.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,042 ✭✭✭ RoTelly

    I don't see the media whining at this at all, they are reporting on this, the report above goes into no real detail.

    For example the media should ask (after being told there is no access to the site)

    ... But there is access to the site via railroad right?...

    Answer Yes.... it is true that "trains go through it all the time, but an unscheduled stop can mess up a schedule"

    ... but you could make a scheduled stop at the train station for maintenance ...

    Answer Yes... but "anyone going there via that method would need Personal Track Safety passes" this is a costly and time consuming pass to get for staff and for contractors and while some have the pass they are maintaining other live train stations.

    ... and are such passes required for the maintenance of the car park, the station building? (I don't know the answer to that over to you L1011)

    ... I would also like to point out that new standards, branding, new passenger information would have ben required at station so we would be updating those now in any case, just as we have done with live stations... non-live stations need such paraphernalia ?

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 62,626 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011

    The point about lack of access is that for many years there was no car park, no access road, or indeed any access whatsoever except via engineering train. Which would need PTS. And hence would have been enough of an expensive faff to put people off doing it. Even cleaners would have needed PTS.

    Basically, if any maintenance was to be done at all it would have been exceptionally expensive (until the access road was built a year or so ago). So they chose the "easy" option of doing none.

    And I can guarantee you that if Irish Rail was spending six figures a year to maintain an unused railway station, there'd be uproar. And that's what it would have cost to do so without the access road.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,042 ✭✭✭ RoTelly

    And L1011 as spokesperson do you have figures to hand of the cost of maintaining this site over the past 12 years, to a level of readiness for its opening? Surely you have a cost analysis done, of maintenance and of a refurbishment?

  • Registered Users Posts: 46 ShamanRing

    I walked to the station recently and there was planning permission signs up to demolish the station

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,858 ✭✭✭ Gregor Samsa

    No planning application mentioned on the SDCC planning maps. The one to the south (SD08A/0437) was for the park and ride facility (granted in 2008).

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  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 62,626 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011

    I'm not a spokesperson

    I'm just pointing out that people absolutely would have whined about maintenance costs; and absolutely would have whined should there have been a huge fitout cost for opening.

  • Registered Users Posts: 69,927 ✭✭✭✭ Overheal

    This is why you go bankrupt in a city sim game when you plan out city scale infrastructure for a village scale start.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,042 ✭✭✭ RoTelly

    My point is if we are whining, why isn't IÉ explaining the issued they face. I seem to have learned more from you than from their spokesperson on this and/or the media and their lack of questions of their process.

    Do you not think the questions that I have raised are not legitimate and that we should allow IÉ carry on unhindered by people asking stupid questions?

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,629 ✭✭✭ Ubbquittious

    What in the feck does the 3.8m gets spent on? Will there be a mini theme park attached to it for that price? A train station in its simplest form only needs a bit of a platform and a road leading up to it. In Africa they sometimes get by without even a platform. Why does everything need to be so posh here?

  • Registered Users Posts: 69,927 ✭✭✭✭ Overheal

    6 million euro building but the majority of the cost is in the labor (and those are 2009 numbers). They have to go back over every centimeter of the building now again to get it back up to code. Well worth auditing anyway. And no Ireland isn't going to just put some pallets of wood on a mound of dirt next to a flagpole and call it a train stop. The train station in its simplest form ignores all the lessons learned about trains and stations in general (some of which are written in blood)

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,803 ✭✭✭✭ blanch152

    I can imagine the OP starting a thread complaining about €3.8m spent on maintaining a station that was never used.

  • Registered Users Posts: 46 ShamanRing

  • Registered Users Posts: 69,927 ✭✭✭✭ Overheal

    Pics, or it didn't happen.

    Those planning permission signs will include permits and paperwork, a docbox etc. if what you're suggesting applied.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,303 ✭✭✭ nigeldaniel

    Aaaa I often saw that place when I was going up to the big city and wonderd what the story was about it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,042 ✭✭✭ RoTelly

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