Phoenix Park rail link to ignore ‘ghost station’

by Ian Begley

The long-awaited Phoenix Park tunnel will be open to commuters from Monday, but residents are taking a subdued attitude to the news as the Kishogue “ghost station” remains closed.
The 700-metre-long rail was built in 1877 but it’s never been used for daily passenger services – until now.
From November 21, seven new morning trains will come from north-east Kildare to the capital with eight going in the opposite direction during evening peak hours.
In the morning, three trains will go from Grand Canal Dock to either Newbridge or Hazelhatch and six trains will make that same journey in the evening.
The trains will serve all stations between Newbridge/Hazelhatch and Parkwest, Drumcondra, Connolly, Tara Street, Pearse and Grand Canal Dock
Heuston Station is not part of the route but existing services to Heuston will continue from Newbridge/Hazelhatch.
Cllr William Lavelle (FG) has welcomed its opening, but criticised Minister Shane Ross and “out-of-touch” national agencies for refusing to open the closed Kishogue station in Lucan.
“Areas of Lucan closest to Kishogue station, in particular Griffeen Avenue, are clogged with traffic congestion. We need more public transport options. Allowing a €6.35 million station to lie idle as a new train service whistles by without stopping is scandalous.”
Visit Irishrail.ie for the full timetable.

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