Pearse Street station set to close during weekends over the next two years due to renovation project 4 years ago

Pearse Street station set to close during weekends over the next two years due to renovation project

One of Ireland's busiest train stations is set to close for 13 weekends spread out over the next two years to facilitate a roof replacement project.

The renovation, which will begin in August 2018, is set to cost a ''minimum'' of €10 million.

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The new roof, which is has been identified as a ''crucial safety project'' according to the site's operator, is set to be completed in June 2020. At present, the roof of Ireland's busiest commuter station, is being protected by mesh netting, which has been in place for years as a safety measure.

Iarnród Éireann commented on the severity of project, mentioning that due to safety issues - the roof replacement project was ''urgently required'', as parts of the steel roof structure of the 130-year-old building were corroding.

During the weekends of closure, beginning in the Autumn of next year, the northside Dart, Maynooth and Drogheda services will be operating both to and from Connolly Station, while both southside Dart and Rosslare services will be operating from Grand Canal Dock.

This is Pearse Street Station's second huge renovation in as much as ten years. Back in 2008, automatic ticket validation machines were installed on platforms 1 and 2, the front entrance of the station was changed, Spar was completely taken out of the station and the old ticket barriers, as well as Platforms 3, 4 and 5 were removed.

It's believed that between eight and nine million trips are made through Pearse Street Station each year.