June 23, 2021

DART+ South West Emerging Preferred Option

Ciarán Cuffe, MEP for Dublin
Green Party Comhaontas Glas
The Tara Building
11-15 Tara Street, Dublin 2

Community Liaison Officer

By email: DARTSouthWest@irishrail.ie

DART+ South West,

Iarnród Éireann, Inchicore Works,

Inchicore Parade, Dublin 8.

D08 K6Y3

Re. Submission on the DART+ South West Emerging Preferred Option

Dear Madam/Sir,

I welcome the opportunity to make my views known on the DART+ South West Emerging Preferred Option. I welcome the proposal, but believe it is severely compromised in scope without incorporating an appropriate number of new rail stations into the proposal.  I am at a loss to understand how and why this occurred.

I therefore request that you consider the following issues before you proceed further with the proposal.

  1.  I am gravely concerned that the proposal at this stage does not appear to entail the provision of new stations at Ballyfermot, Inchicore, Heuston (Platform 10), Dublin Zoo/North Circular Road, Cabra and Croke Park.

  1.  Proposing such a project without incorporating the provision of new stations is at best deficient, and at worst casts the entire project in doubt. It is a matter of extreme concern that the construction of new stations is not an integral part of the DART+ South West Project.

  1.  It is curious to suggest that the project will link good quality public transport to sustainable land use management and assist in local regeneration, economic development when the most obvious new station improvements have been left out of the proposal.

  1.  I am pleased to see that the Metrolink Glasnevin Station appears to be incorporated into the project.

  1.  I suggest that all stations are designed in a manner that will integrate all transport modes into their design. This includes walking, cycling and cycle parking, bus, rail and Luas integration, car drop-off and pick-up (‘kiss and ride’), and shared mobility services.

I wish you well in your work and look forward to the further development of the DART+ South West Emerging Preferred Option.


Ciarán Cuffe, MEP for Dublin

A link to the submission can be found here.

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