by Michelle Martin

The plans to extend the Dart+ line to Dunboyne have been released by Iarnród Éirean. Railway construction is due to begin in early 2022, and finish in late 2024.

The project will also include electrification and re-signalling of the existing M3 Parkway line.

The Irish Rail website reads ‘The line will be electrified, through the installation of overhead electrical equipment, associated upgrades of signals and communications, and the provision of electrical substations as required.’.

DART+ is the new name given to the former DART expansion programme. Benefits of the DART+ West expansion include increased passenger capacity, traffic relief, journey time reliability and a move towards a more sustainable low carbon society.

Jim Meade, Chief Executive of Iarnród Éireann said  DART+ West will bring “sustainable, fast and frequent train services to tens of thousands of new and existing customers”. He calls the DART expansion one of the nations ‘major public transport success stories’.

Fianna Fáil councillor for Damien O’Reilly took to facebook to welcome the DART+ plan, calling it ‘great news for Meath commuters’ and encouraging all commuters to provide feedback.

Cllr. O’Reilly represents Ratoath LEA, Batterstown, Clonee, Culmullen, Drumree, Dunboyne, Dunsany, Dunshaughlin, Kilbride, Kilcloon, Kilmessan, Kiltale, Moynalvey, Mulhussey and Ratoath.

Details on how to give feedback can be found on the Irish Rail website here: www.irishrail.ie/DARTMaynooth