Hansfield station to open shortly

by Gazette Reporter

The wheels have been put in motion and Hansfield Train Station is set to be operational by the end of this month.

Residents in Hansfield and Barnwell will finally be able to use the train station promised to them when they purchased properties in the area.

The multi-million euro facility, which was known as a “ghost-train station”, was due to be up and running in 2010 in time for the re-establishment of the Dunboyne rail line in September of that year.

The state-of-the-art building was constructed and ready for use, but it was missing the vital access road to the station, leading to a delay in opening it to the public. The station has been lying idle since 2010.

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 earlier this year and, according to Fingal County Council, it will be complete by the end of this month.

Irish Rail confirmed to The Gazette that a date has been set to open the station for public use, stating June 28 will be the official opening day.

Numerous campaigns by locals were established to have the access road constructed so residents can use the public transport service being provided.

Cllr Ruth Coppinger (SP) said: “It is welcome that the road has been built, which was the main stumbling block all along, but it is unfortunate that residents have been the victims of poor planning and have been made to wait for so long.

“There is a state-of-the-art station there that has been ready for three years, and it is down to the fact that developers have had so much way that people had to wait so long.

“Hopefully, it will open at the end of June, and I would give the residents of the area huge credit for that because they banded together and campaigned, lobbied and marched for it – it wouldn’t have happened otherwise,” she said.

“We need to now look at where it stops. I believe it may be going to the Docklands, but not necessarily the main route to the city centre. So I will contact Irish Rail to make sure it provides a service that caters for the local population.”

Cllr Coppinger went on to say the proposed park and ride car park should now be built “as soon as possible” so surrounding areas such as Littlepace and Mulhuddart can also reap the benefits of this train service.

Commenting on the announcement, Dublin West TD Patrick Nulty said: “The end is now in sight for this long and protracted saga. Householders in Clonee and Ongar often paid large amounts for homes at the height of the boom with the promise of a train station on their doorstep.

“Due to bad planning, this station remained a ‘ghost station’ for some time. However, thanks to a strong and concerted campaign from the community the station is likely to open in a matter of weeks.

“This will significantly improve transport options for residents within Dublin 15 and will mark the end of an incredibly long process endured by local residents,” he added.

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