The first phase of public consultation for DART+ West has been launched today by the Minister of Transport Eamon Ryan TD, Iarnrod Eireann and the National Transport Authority (NTA).
It is estimated that when complete, the full Dart+ initiative will treble the capacity of the rail network from Maynooth to Dublin city centre, and see the DART extended to both lines.
The programme will see the introduction of new services and increase the frequency of existing services, too.
Some of the main aspects of the programme include a new DART service to Maynooth/M3 Parkway on the Sligo Line, a new DART service to Hazelhatch and Celbridge on the Kildare Line and a new DART service between Dublin city entre and Drogheda on the Northern Line.
Minister Ryan said: “As Minister for Transport, I am committed to major investment in all forms of sustainable transport, and that is why I believe that these DART+ plans are so important.
“We know that when people are offered a sustainable alternative to commuting by car, people respond positively.
“We know that when there is a public transport option that is frequent and reliable and that brings them where they want to go, they will grasp it with both hands.
“I believe that DART+ is a crucial part of providing more people with that option.”
Minister Ryan said that the Dart+ West project will have a “hugely positive impact” on areas such as Glasnevin, Broombridge, Pelletstown, Ashton, Castleknock, Coolmine, Clonsilla and Leixlip.
“All of which will now be on an integrated, electrified, fast and reliable, rail network,” he said.
Full details of the proposal can be found here.