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Phoenix Park tunnel to open in 2016

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Chief Executive of the NTA Anne Graham, Chief Executive of Iarnrod Eireann David Franks and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD at the announcement today
Chief Executive of the NTA Anne Graham, Chief Executive of Iarnrod Eireann David Franks and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD at the announcement today

The underground train tunnel which runs under Dublin’s Phoenix Park is set open by late 2016.

The tunnel will take trains from Kildare to Dublin, giving commuters direct access to the capital’s south city.

The route will also be an alternative for motorists who currently drive into the city, according to Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe.

Iarnrod Eireann has previously said that this service will not be a replacement for its €1 billion Dart Underground project.

The tunnel’s opening has been postponed a number of times in recent decades and is now set to become a key element of the new Dublin Transport strategy.

The 700 metre long tunnel travels roughly from Heuston Station, under the Wellington Monument, Cabra Garda Depot to Connolly Station.

The line has never been fully closed but in recent years has been only used for freight services , transfers between maintenance depots and for special events.

The project will allow commuter trains to operate on the line between Heuston, Connolly and Grand Canal Dock.