Hansfield station is set to open in June

by Staff Reporter

It’s been a long time coming, but work on the much-needed access road that will see the ghost train station at Hansfield finally open has begun.
Commuters who travel past the €10 million state-of-the-art train station might have noticed movement on the grounds leading to the idle building.
Work on the access road to the building, which has been lying vacant since its completion in 2010, has started, with a view to the station opening by June this year.
According to a spokesperson for Irish Rail, work on the access road began just before Christmas, and is scheduled to be complete by this summer.
Fingal County Council said it anticipated the road would open to public traffic in June, and “Hansfield Station will then be open”.
Labour TD Patrick Nulty said the local community have campaigned “relentlessly” on this issue and that it is “to their credit that this so-called ‘ghost station’ will soon be open and available to use”.
“This long and protracted saga shows that we must never allow vital public projects to become interwoven with the commercial interests of developers. The SDZ strategy devised by Fingal County Council was deeply flawed from the outset.
“Many residents in the locality bought their homes at the height of a housing bubble fuelled by speculation and greed, with the promise of a train station on their doorstep.
“The fact that a station which cost €10 million to build will have been lying idle for nearly three years by the end of this process is an indictment of our planning process.
“However, what the nearly 10,000 people in the immediate vicinity of the station want is a conclusion to this debacle and the fact that the end is in sight must be welcomed,” he added.
Fianna Fail Dublin West councillor David McGuinness also welcomed the opening of the long-awaited Hansfield station. He also congratulated the Ongar community for their “considerable body of work” on the issue.
Hansfield was due to open as part of the re-opening of the Dunboyne rail line, which began in September 2010. However, the multimillion euro station remained closed, and has remained idle since because an access road to the station was not built.
Following a series of discussions between Fingal County Council, Irish Rail and two local developers, an agreement was reached between the parties on building the access road. In 2011, funding for the access road was provided.
After a number of failed start dates, construction on the access road began recently and construction machinery can be seen in operation, giving greater hope to residents in the area that the station will finally open later this year.

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