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Underground DART plan back on track

Underground DART plan back on track

Plans for a €2bn underground DART line stretching to Inchicore are set to go ahead.

The Herald this morning revealed that Irish Rail has begun issuing letters to 5,000 home and business owners in Dublin city centre about acquiring land under compulsory purchase orders for the mammoth project.

The proposed line would run from the Docklands to Inchicore and the Irish Rail website claims that it would “would complete the trebling of the Greater Dublin area's rail service capacity from 33 million passenger journeys annually now to 100 million passenger journeys upon completion.”

The 7.6km line will affect homes and businesses along the proposed route.

The underground service is expected to take between six and seven years to complete and will connect the Kildare and Northern rail lines.

There will be underground stations located at Spencer Dock, Pearse, St Stephens Green, Christchurch and Heuston station, as well as an over ground station at Inchicore.

Pearse Station will become the central transport hub as both the over-ground and underground lines will meet there.

Spencer dock is set to link the Dart with the Luas Red Line and St Stephen’s Green will connect commuters with the Green Line.