Ireland's newest train station to open this month 2 weeks ago

Ireland's newest train station to open this month

The station has been in the works for more than 20 years.

Pelletstown, the newest station on the Irish Rail network, will open to the communities of Ashington and Royal Canal Park in Dublin on Sunday, 26 September.

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Discussion around the construction of the station in Pelletstown has been ongoing for more than 20 years, and it was finally given planning permission in 2014.

However, construction had been delayed until February 2020.

The station is funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) and levies collected by Dublin City Council from the new development at Royal Canal Park.

Constructed by Sisk on behalf of Irish Rail, Pelletstown was designated as a 'Key Development Area' in the Dublin City Council Development Plan.

Pelletstown Station is situated between Ashtown and Broombridge stations on the Dublin to Maynooth/M3 Parkway line.

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"It will serve the existing community of Ashington as well as the new community at Royal Canal Park, with a journey time of as little as 12 minutes from the city centre, served by 94 trains daily in total (weekdays)," Irish Rail said in a statement.

"This is the first new station to open on the IarnrĂ³d Éireann network since Oranmore opened in 2013, and will be the 145th station on the network in total."

The station will comprise of two platforms, a footbridge and accessible ramp access between platforms and to the railway, as well as a second footbridge and accessible ramp over the canal.

Irish Rail has said the station will promote greater public transport options for residents in the area and as such, will reduce reliance on private cars and provide a more sustainable commuting option for the community.

"The footbridges will improve connectivity between the two communities of Ashington and Royal Canal Park and will also provide a new pedestrian and cycle access to the Canal Greenway, promoting multi-modal transport," the railway operator added.

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"Both bridges will also include ramps for the mobility impaired and those travelling with small children and heavy luggage. Bicycle parking will be provided, as well as dedicated accessible car park spaces, adjacent to Ashington Park."

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