The train has finally reached its destination with the official opening of the long-awaited Hansfield Train Station.
It took almost three years to open after being constructed back in 2010, but on June 28 Hansfield train station was used for the first time.
The station was built by local developers as part of the M3 Parkway Rail Commuter project development.
The multimillion euro project was due to open in September 2010 but was unable to because there was no access road to the station.
Following numerous meetings between developers, Irish Rail, Fingal County Council and the National Transport Authority, construction on the access road began last year and was recently completed. The construction of the road was funded by the National Transport Authority.
The new station will come as a welcome relief to local residents in the area who bought under the pretence that there would be a train station on their doorstep. Residents held many protests and campaigned hard for the station to open.
Speaking at the opening, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said it marks the end of a long campaign to get the station opened.
“I am very pleased to see that trains are finally stopping at the station and I want to thank Iarnrod Eireann, Fingal County Council, the NTA and developers for their efforts to resolve this issue.
“Residents can now take the Dunboyne train from here into the city, in just 25 minutes on the fastest services.”
Local Mulhuddart Cllr Ruth Coppinger (SP) commented that residents deserve credit for its opening.
“Residents should be cutting the ribbon to open Hansfield station today. It was primarily the campaigning of local residents two years ago which forced this issue onto the agenda.
“It was the public meetings, petitions and particularly the march in June 2011 from Ongar Village to the ghost station which pressured the government, Irish Rail, Fingal County Council and the developers to tackle this,” she added.
A planning application for a car park is also expected to be lodged with Fingal County Council once the Hansfield Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) is changed. In the meantime, there are 70 on street parking spaces at the station and bicycle racks.