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Old September 15th, 2011, 12:26 AM   #1
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DUBLIN | DART, Luas and Commuter rail services

This is intended to be a thread like the 'Bus transport' thread but for rail-based transport in the Greater Dublin Area. It is to do with current services, not proposed infrastructure (Luas BXD, DART Underground, Metro North), and proposed/imminent changes to them.

To start with, two pieces of news from Iarnród Éireann:

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Phoenix Park Station to be renamed "Navan Road Parkway" following Customer Consultation by Corporate Communications

Iarnród Éireann has decided to rename Phoenix Park Station on the Dublin to Maynooth line to Navan Road Parkway following customer consultation.

The company undertook the consultation over the past fortnight via customer comment cards at the station and the company’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. The decision to review the name followed feedback from customers about the existing name. While it was named Phoenix Park as it was built to facilitate the development on the old Phoenix Park racecourse site, feedback had been received that the name caused confusion for those visiting the public amenity that is Phoenix Park, which is some distance away.

A spokesperson for Iarnród Éireann said “we received a wide range of responses from customers to the proposal. There was an almost universal view that the Phoenix Park name was unsuitable, and most suggestions for a new name were a variation on Navan Road. Navan Road Parkway reflects the fact that there is a 100-space car park at the station, which will allow commuters from a wider catchment area to drive to the station and escape road congestion at that point.”

The company will implement the name change over the coming weeks, in station signage, route maps, automated announcements and timetables.

The station opened in January 2008 on the Maynooth-Dublin commuter line, between Castleknock and Ashtown Stations. It is served by 40 trains in each direction to and from the city.

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New Connolly and DART timetable

A new timetable will commence on Sunday 25th September 2011 on all Connolly based routes, including the DART. The new timetables are available below:

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Old December 27th, 2011, 03:34 AM   #2
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Rail users' demands ignored over Christmas, says group

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Tue, Dec 27, 2011

IARNRÓD ÉIREANN has defended its decision not to run any services yesterday. It said a dramatic curtailment of all rail services until January 3rd was down to economic constraints and an absence of demand.

However, a leading rail users’ lobby group said the company’s service was inadequate, insisting that the earlier start to many winter sales meant there was demand for certain services, but this was being ignored.

Irish Rail shut its intercity, Dart, and commuter services on Christmas Eve and ran no trains until this morning. It will run only a limited weekend service on commuter and Dart lines until January 3rd.

Mark Gleeson of Rail Users Ireland said rail users needed a more regular service in the post-Christmas period.

While “there may not have been a demand for an inter-city service, there were still people on the move, travelling in and out of Dublin and Cork in particular for the winter sales, and they were given no choice but to take their cars.

“Times have changed and there are more people out and about on St Stephen’s Day,” Mr Gleeson said.

“I don’t think anyone would expect the company to be running a service at 10pm on St Stephen’s Day, but there should be some services running into Cork and Dublin from commuter towns.”

He said the reduced service was an inevitable consequence of a cutback in funding to the rail network which meant that over the Christmas period, Irish Rail was failing to meet the needs of would-be passengers.

Irish Rail spokeswoman Jane Cregan said the company had been lobbied by retailers to introduce services on St Stephen’s Day but that following research carried out last year on the numbers using the State’s bus service on St Stephen’s Day, it could not justify running any trains on December 26th.

“We have to manage our costs carefully,” she said. “We have falling passenger numbers and a reduced State subvention, so we have to be prudent with the decisions we make.

“The research we have carried out shows that it just would not make economic sense for us to run more trains.”

A similar timetabling dispute has erupted in Britain, where passenger groups, rail experts and opposition politicians have condemned the British government for failing to deliver on pre-election promises to end the Christmas shut-down across the rail network there.

“It’s almost a three-day shut-down,” Philip Haigh, business editor of Rail magazine said. “Local services should be running – on Boxing Day at the very least.

“It used to happen 30 or 40 years ago, but then the whole country used to work a lot harder over the Christmas period.”

© 2011 The Irish Times
Whatever about rail services, there should be a skeleton bus service (nationally and in Dublin) running on Christmas Day.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 10:29 PM   #3
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Great news!

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Free WiFi to be installed on DART and Dublin rail services ‘by the summer’

FREE WIRELESS INTERNET is to be installed on the DART and Dublin commuter rail fleet “by this summer,” Irish Rail has confirmed.

In further good news for Dublin commuters, WiFi is also due to be introduced on Luas trams this year, while Dublin Bus is planning to carry out a pilot scheme on 10 buses this year before examining the feasibility of making it available on the wider fleet.

Minister for Transport Leo Vardkar confirmed the major expansion of wireless internet on Ireland’s public transport networks in the Dáil.

Bus Éireann is planning to continue its rollout of WiFi but it is subject to funding being made available for the project. 36 Bus Éireann buses currently have WiFi fitted.

The project to install WiFi on the DART and commuter rail fleet in the Greater Dublin Area started last year. Full WiFi on those services is due to be rolled out “by this summer”, a spokesperson for Irish Rail confirmed to TheJournal.ie.

The Railway Procurement Agency is installing WiFi for passengers on Luas trams this year, Minister Varadkar said in response to a parliamentary question from Sinn Féin’s Peader Tóibín.

There are as yet no details on exact dates or information on how the service will work for passengers.

Irish Rail began rolling out WiFi for the first time on its Cork to Dublin route last July.

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Old January 17th, 2012, 11:49 PM   #4
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Old April 10th, 2013, 12:50 AM   #5
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Some photos of the new entrance at Pearse Station, which opened today:






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New entrance to Dublin Pearse Station opens - access to Pearse St & Trinity Bio-Science

09 April 2013


Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar was at Pearse Station today (Tuesday 9th April) to officially open the new entrance to the station, which brings customers directly from the station through the Trinity Bio Sciences Building and directly onto Pearse Street.

The new entrance and upgrading of the station was funded by the National Transport Authority and has many customer benefits including:

• Provided a second entrance directly into the Trinity Bio Sciences Building and access onto Pearse Street.

• Provided new lifts and escalators.

• The upgrade has made provision for more commercial units within the station.

• Provision of 11 new ticket validation gates & 4 new ticket vending machines.

• Provision of Bicycle parking facilities for 20 bikes on northbound platform.

• Full accessibility for persons with reduced mobility.

• Allow for growth in passenger numbers into the future.

Speaking at the opening Minister Varadkar said: “This is an important project for passengers because Pearse Station is Iarnród Éireann’s busiest commuter station. As we can see today the results are impressive. It’s a good example of how the Government is prioritising public transport at a time of limited resources, by prioritising projects which encourage more people to take the sustainable option.”



Pearse Station is Iarnród Éireann’s busiest commuter station with 7 million passenger journeys through the station in 2012 the station serves DART, Maynooth and Northern Commuter services as well as Rosslare Intercity services.

Iarnród Éireann Chief Executive David Franks said of the new station facility “Pearse Station is the busiest station on our network, and the work completed on the new East Entrance ensures that we can provide better facilities for existing customers, and cater for growth into the future. We are delighted also to be able to serve Trinity Bio Sciences Building directly, improving access to public transport for those who use this building, as well as opening Pearse Station directly onto Pearse Street.”

The new entrance to the station will be open from 07.00hrs to 19.30hrs daily from Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays from 09.00hrs to 18.00hrs, and is in addition to the main entrance on Westland Row.
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Old April 10th, 2013, 01:48 AM   #6
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The new entrance from the street from flickr (before it was opened!).

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I really wish they would refurbish the original building. The roof is falling apart and the main entrance it still tatty.

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Old June 11th, 2013, 09:59 AM   #8
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Railway station built three years ago to open

11 JUNE 2013

A RAILWAY station completed three years ago will finally open to commuters at the end of the month.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar will open Hansfield station on June 28, providing a direct rail link to residents of Ongar, Clonee and Mulhuddart into Dublin city centre.

The station, which cost €10m to build, is part of the Hansfield Strategic Development Zone near Blanchardstown, where thousands of new homes are planned.

However, a road allowing access to the station was never built, meaning the station could not open.

The road has since been completed by Iarnrod Eireann at a cost of €1m.

Services will be provided every half-an-hour at peak times for commuters travelling from Hansfield into the capital.

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Old June 11th, 2013, 09:33 PM   #9
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I really wish they would refurbish the original building. The roof is falling apart and the main entrance it still tatty.

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They have done some work on it in the past couple of years but its still in awful condition.
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Good to hear that the Hansfield station is to finally open. It was ridiculous the way the road wasn't finished to the station to begin with. The design people in Irish Rail really need to get it together though - the new route schematics in Pearse Station look like they've been designed on a 1980s Etch-a-Sketch. And Tahoma being used as a font in a railway station? Lord save us.
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Aaaand, it's finally open! Hansfield is officially Ireland's newest railway station after it opened to the travelling public today. Next station calling - Oranmore! That'll be the next one opened this year.
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Aaaand, it's finally open! Hansfield is officially Ireland's newest railway station after it opened to the travelling public today. Next station calling - Oranmore! That'll be the next one opened this year.
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Iarnród Éireann to reduce off-peak DART capacity
Updated: 10:37, Monday, 09 September 2013

Iarnród Éireann is to increase its use of two-carriage DART trains at off-peak times to reduce fuel costs.

The move is part of a range of actions focusing on train size, aimed at reducing energy costs by €3.2m per year.

In a statement Iarnród Éireann said 35% of DART journeys are made during off-peak hours. The company is to increase the use of two-carriage DARTs from mid-morning to mid-afternoon, and after 7pm.

The company said the move would, “eliminate unnecessary energy usage and reduce maintenance costs, while continuing existing service frequency to customers.”

Iarnród Éireann is also announcing plans to reconfigure the number of carriages on its Intercity railcar fleet.

"The fleet will be reconfigured to form 45 four-carriage trains and 18 three-carriage trains, allowing greater flexibility in train size as a result by combining train sets together."

Iarnród Éireann said that compared to 2007, energy consumption fell by over one-third last year, with energy bills €16m.

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Really don't like the above development. They've tried running four-carriage trains at peak some times in the last few months with the result DARTs have become intolerably crowded. Rail is fighting a losing battle as it is and they don't need another disimprovement in service like this to further encourage people into cars and buses. Far better to cut the cost of upper management of IÉ and CIÉ than to punish the travelling public yet again. They could also look to generate some of their own electricity with a windfarm along the north Dublin coast feeding into the overhead cables the pantographs collect energy from.
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Although it's a national census, a lot of the results relate to Dublin:
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Heavy Rail Census of 2012 published by National Transport Authority

20/11/13

Latest in a series of Statistical Bulletins

The National Transport Authority today (November 20th, 2013) published a summary of its Heavy Rail Census – which for the first time records information on boarding and alighting of passengers at all 147 train stations in the country on one day of the year (November 15, 2012). The Census was repeated on November 14 this year (2013), and will be repeated annually to build up a detailed picture of trends in Heavy Rail use across the network in Ireland. Prior to this, Census details were collected at Greater Dublin Area stations (Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Wicklow) only.

The main findings from the 2012 Census are:
  • 124,000 rail journeys made on the day of the census
  • Nearly 1 in 2 passenger journeys in the State is taken on the DART
  • 83% of all journeys are taken in the Greater Dublin Area
  • Connolly station is the busiest of the 147 stations in the country
  • The top 10 stations account for almost 50% of all passenger traffic
  • The busiest train in the country that day – with 1,427 passengers – was the 08:00 DART from Greystones to Malahide
  • The busiest hour was on the Northern Line (between Dundalk and Dublin Connolly) between 08:00 and 9:00 when a total of 7,440 people were on that line, on DART, Commuter and InterCity services, travelling towards the City Centre.
Full results are available to download in the Heavy Rail Census 2012.

Also available is the Heavy Rail Census Summary November 2012 (Statistical Bulletin Number: 4).

The Heavy Rail Census Summary is the 4th in a series of Statistical Bulletins published by the Authority. Earlier Bulletins include:
  1. Bus Statistics for Ireland
  2. Rail Statistics for Ireland
  3. National Household Travel Survey Summary

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That survey is fascinating and quite a revealing insight into modern Ireland. 83% of journeys taking place in the Greater Dublin Area is staggering. That means 39.5% of the people in this country take 83% of the journeys. Half the journeys taking place on the DART is also striking when only about 20% of the stations are on the DART service. It's also noteworthy that DART trails the Luas for daily passenger numbers by quite a margin when the capacity of DART trains are much higher than Luas trams. It's also unsurprising to find that Connolly Station is the busiest station in the country when so much of the DART, Commuter, Intercity and Luas services converge around it.
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Late-night DART service to operate over Christmas

PAUL MELIA – 05 DECEMBER 2013

A LATE-night DART service will be in place for Christmas, the first time in more than a decade.

Irish Rail plans to run trains across five nights, and the fares will remain the same as apply for normal services.

The decision was made following an online survey of customers which indicated “strong support” for an alternative to the late bus or a taxi home.

The trains will run on Friday the 13th, Saturday the 14th, Thursday the 19th, Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st of this month.

The 00.30 will depart from Pearse, serving all stations to Howth. The 00.35 will also depart Pearse, serving all stations to Malahide.

There will also be a 00.30 from Connolly serving all stations to Bray.

“Given the strong response from customers in our online survey, we hope this translates into people coming home from Christmas nights out on these convenient and great value travel options,” a spokesman said.

“If there is strong demand, we would then look at the possibility of expanding the service in future years, both in terms of frequency, and in terms of more destinations, such as Greystones on the DART and other commuter routes.”

Fares will be charged at normal DART rates, meaning customers can use Leapcard and buy cash fares for the cheapest Christmas travel option.

Holders of weekly, monthly and annual season tickets will also be able to use the service at no extra charge.

All late night services will have security personnel on board. “We’re looking forward to running late night DARTs this Christmas,” the company added.

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Varadkar hoping to cut off-peak fares for DART

ALAN O’KEEFFE – 07 FEBRUARY 2014

CHEAPER journeys on DART trains at off-peak times are under consideration, according to Transport Minister Leo Varadkar.

And cheaper bus trips in Dublin at off-peak times could also be considered following the public backing of cheaper fares from the minister.

The minister admitted that an off-peak train or bus seemingly “carries air, rather than passengers”, around the city at quieter periods.

Mr Varadkar backed a move by Dublin TD Terence Flanagan who asked him if discussions had taken place between the National Transport Authority and Irish Rail regarding the possibility of cheaper fares |on the DART during off-peak times.

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The minister has now publicly stated he would support the proposal for cheaper journeys on the DART at non-rush hour times for a trial period.

This year, his department has a target to increase overall public transport use by 2pc, or five million passenger journeys, on State-backed public transport – DART, Irish Rail, Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann.

Mr Varadkar forwarded details of a parliamentary question by Deputy Flanagan to Gerry Murphy, chief executive of the National Transport Authority.

Mr Murphy told the TD in a letter that no discussions had yet taken place between the Authority and Iarnrod Eireann concerning the introduction of lower off-peak fares.

The transport chief stated: “The Authority is open to the idea, that it can be demonstrated that such fares would stimulate sufficient extra passenger journeys to generate an overall increase in revenue, and also that there are no technical impediments to putting an |off-peak fare in place. Accordingly, the Authority will now proceed with a preliminary examination of this issue in consultation with Iarnrod Eireann,” said Mr Murphy.

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Mr Varadkar, supporting cheaper off-peak fares for commuters, said: “I think it makes sense. DART is very busy at peak times, but for much of the day it carries air rather than passengers.

“The same goes for buses. It makes sense to me to reduce off-peak fares if we can show that it will encourage more people to use public transport.” Meanwhile, Fine Gael TD Simon Harris asked the minister in a parliamentary question why a plan to extend the Luas tram service to Bray that been shelved, the cost of such an extension, and whether it had been the subject of a cost benefit analysis.

The minister replied that the development of the Luas network a came under the remit of the National Transport Authority and he had passed the query to the Authority.

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They need to get the carriages-to-passenger ratios right first before trying anything as intricate as variable pricing. They've had this ridiculous "cost-saving" effort of running two and four carriage trains at peak times which do nothing but frustrate the loyal rail-travelling public and push people ever further back to their cars. You'd think that with over 25 years of data on passenger flows, Iarnród Éireann would know to within 99% accuracy the average passenger numbers on the Dublin Suburban Rail network and be able to allocate rail carriages accordingly. Get that right and then they can start introducing off peak fares to encourage passenger growth. Moreover, they should make the reduced off peak fares available on the Leap card only to encourage take up of that as well.
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I noticed on the Infrastructure forum on boards.ie that Iarnród Éireann is looking for a new consultant to update the business case for DART Underground. This is a positive indication that we may very well see it included in the 2015-23 capital expenditure budget. This is a link to the etenders website.
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