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Consultants Appointed For DART+ Coastal Plan

atest press release from Stephen Donnelly TD, issued on Thursday, April 1st 2021…

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has welcomed the appointment of consultants to work on the DART+ Coastal plan.

Minister Donnelly said improving transport links out of the North of the county has never been as important.

“The work to improve the capacity of the DART is absolutely vital because the current situation is simply not viable. When the pandemic is over our public transport network in Wicklow is going to once again come under immense pressure.

“The good news is under the work being proposed we could potentially see a substantial jump in capacity. There are, of course, limitations as to what can be achieved but it’s important everything that can be done is done to increase capacity.

“Under the plan the existing DART line from Malahide/Howth to Greystones will increase passenger-carrying capacity along the Eastern Commuter Corridor from 17,980 to 26,680 per hour each way, an increase of almost 50%. I know they are also looking at ways to increase the service from every 30mins to 20mins from Greystones which is to be welcomed.

“They are also looking at upgrading the infrastructure and extending the electrification of the line from Malahide to Drogheda.

“The project will also try to get rid of level crossings between the city centre and Merrion Gates and develop traffic management and infrastructure plans to facilitate continued vehicular pedestrian and cyclist across to areas adjacent to the existing DART line.”

It is expected that construction will commence on DART+ Coastal from the beginning of 2024 with works scheduled for completion in 2027.