Consultants Appointed to Commence DART+ Coastal Design
Iarnród Éireann has appointed Arup as multi-disciplinary design consultants for the DART+ Coastal route, from Drogheda in the north to Greystones in the south, approximately 86km, as part of the DART+ Programme, funded by the National Transport Authority under Project Ireland 2040. DART+ Coastal will see the extension of electrification of the line from Malahide to Drogheda, and improvements along the existing DART line from Malahide/Howth to Greystones to increase passenger-carrying capacity along the Eastern Commuter Corridor from 17,980 to 26,680 per hour each way, an increase of almost 50%.
Improvements that DART+ Coastal will bring include
Electrification from Malahide to Drogheda (approx. 37km)
Upgrade of infrastructure from Drogheda to Greystones to enable an increase in frequency of train services, including:
Upgrade of junctions and station turn-back facilities.
Identify solutions to remove level crossings, reducing constraints on both rail and road traffic.
Modifications to bridges and structures
…..Provision of train stabling
Upgrade of signalling, telecoms and power supplies
Modifications to the existing depots at Drogheda and Fairview to support the new fleet
Benefits of DART+ Coastal include
Increasing passenger capacity from 17,980 to 26,680 passengers per hour per direction and increased train frequency (subject to demand) along the Eastern Commuter Corridor – facilitating fast and reliable transport to communities along the lines served by DART+ Coastal
Easier travel opportunities for work, education, or leisure purposes
Facilitating the development and future growth of existing and new communities that will greatly benefit from the connectivity that DART+ will deliver along that line
Building a sustainable and connected City Region
Supporting the transition to a low carbon and climate resilient society
Facilitating people to make sustainable travel choices by encouraging a move away from private cars to reliable, efficient and safer public transport network
Improve journey time reliability
Arup will be working closely with the Iarnród Éireann’s DART+ Delivery Team to create a design for the electrification extension and associated works, along with the design of modifications on the existing DART line to provide for the required increase in service levels. The project will eliminate 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.
Permissions for the necessary works will be subject to a Railway Order being approved. The Railway Order processes will include extensive public consultation with communities and individuals along the route. Subject to the Railway Order being granted it is expected that construction will commence on DART+ Coastal from the beginning of 2024 with works scheduled for completion in 2027.