CLLR William Lavelle (FG) has called for the urgent opening of Kishogue Railway Station, which remains unopened since being completed at a cost of €6.25 million in 2009.
Irish Rail said that a decision was taken not to open the station due to the downturn in economic activity at the time, which led to anticipated residential developments not being built.
The station remains unopened with Irish Rail claiming that there were not enough people living near the station to make it viable to open.
The Dublin Transport Office had forecast that 11,500 people would be living within 800 metres of the station by 2016.
However, documents obtained by Cllr Lavelle under the FOI Act and seen by The Gazette show that there are 2,794 residential units with a population of 9,302 people living within 20 minutes’ walk of the station.
Cllr Lavelle feels this population level was sufficient to justify opening the dormant station.
He said: “There are more houses located within 20 minutes of Kishogue than within 20 minutes of Killiney station, but nobody would dare close Killiney.
“Since the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) push for housing to be located within 20 minutes’ walks of public transport, I cannot understand why the residents of 2,800 houses in Lucan should be treated any different?”
The station has no permanent car park and Irish Rail estimate that it would cost €2 million to build one.
Additional journey times of two to three minutes for existing commuters on the Kildare Railway line were also cited as a reason for not opening the station.
Irish Rail say that they feel that this additional journey time would lead to a loss of revenue and estimate that the additional costs of opening the station, coupled with the estimated loss of revenue, would be a further €500,000.
There is a temporary car park located to the north-west of the station and internal Irish Rail and NTA documents show that this car park could be brought up to the required standard for between €50,000 and €60,000.
This correspondence also states that remedial works of €40,000 would be required to bring the station up to operational standard.
A land-usage licence would also need to be renewed with South Dublin County Council and Shelbourne Development, who are the owners of the land that the temporary car park is built on.
The decision to open the station rests with the NTA. A spokesperson for the NTA said that the overwhelming reason that the station has not been commissioned is that the anticipated residential development that was to have taken place in the immediate vicinity had not materialised.
The spokesperson added: “It is also important to note that people in the general area have access to two nearby stations – Adamstown, 3.1km to the west, and Clondalkin/Fonthill, 2.7km to the east.”
The NTA also said that the station was not designed to have a car park in the temporary location.