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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C


This month
March 2023
# Public Transport
Planning to be submitted for DART+ South West route to Celbridge by end of month
The project will provide 20 kilometres of electrified rail at Islandbridge, Park West, Clondalkin, Adamstown, and Celbridge.
Last year
# christmas travel
Late-night DART and Commuter Christmas rail services kick off this weekend
Services will run each Friday and Saturday from now until Christmas Eve.
# Courts
Probation for teen who caused girl to fall off Dart platform after pushing his bike at her
Judge Nolan said the boy’s behaviour, while “reprehensible”, had not been intentional.
# Irish Rail
DART services between Dun Laoghaire and Greystones closed for weekend
Irish Rail has apologised for any inconvenience caused.
# Dublin
DART services between Connolly Station and Grand Canal Dock closed for weekend
Iarnród Éireann has apologised for any inconvenience caused and has advised customers to check times before travel.
# Investigation
Irish Rail CEO issues apology as full probe ordered into Bray Dart 'chaos'
Thousands had descended on Bray for the annual air show.
# dart+ west
Application on track to extend Dart out to Maynooth and Meath
The plans include 40km of electrification and resignalling along the Maynooth and M3 parkway rail lines.
# dart+ west
Planning application for Dart+ West to be lodged 'later this summer'
Under Dart+ West, a new station would be built at Spencer Dock alongside a new access point to Connolly Station from Preston Street.
# Irish Rail
Over 40 Irish Rail station elevators put out of service by anti-social behavior in 2021
Irish Rail reported more than 500 faults with elevators in 2021 with the majority of those resulting in lifts being unusable.
# Plan Ahead
Dart services between Grand Canal and Greystones suspended this Easter bank holiday weekend
Irish Rail has advised customers that revised timetables are in place on all routes, with bus transfers serving lines that have been closed.
# Coastal North
DART extension to Drogheda plans to double capacity of rail line
The ‘Coastal North’ line will extend the DART from Malahide to Drogheda with an increased electrified network.
# Circuit Criminal Court
Trial order for teen accused of knocking girl ‘head first’ under Dart at Howth junction station
A judge held that the boy’s case was too serious to stay in the Children’s Court.
# Courts
Two youths plead not guilty over incident in which teen girl was knocked under Dart train
They have been ordered to obey bail conditions.
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# Iarnród Éireann
Schedule alterations kick in on Friday as Irish Rail details Christmas and New Year schedule
Separately, An Post customers are being reminded that today is the cut-off date for sending cards and packages to Irish addresses.
# Public Transport
Dart+ West project is approved by Government and will enter planning system in 2022
The final cost of the project is set to be between €969 million and €1.1 Billion
# Clontarf
Man due in court over criminal damage incident at Dublin station
The incident occurred at around 7.20pm yesterday.
# Irish Rail
Late night train and Dart services to run from Friday for the festive season
Irish Rail said the services will be timed to align with the midnight closure of hospitality under current Covid measures.
# Public Transport
SIPTU is calling for reduced passenger numbers on public transport 'for safety'
The trade union said its representatives had written today to Transport Minister Eamon Ryan
# Vandalism
Over 200 Dart carriages vandalised since January at a cost of over €500k
Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell has called for a dedicated transport police to tackle rising incidents of anti-social behaviour.
# Howth Junction
Third boy released on bail after charge over violent disorder at Howth Junction Dart station
The teen will face a preliminary hearing next month.
# Howth Junction
Two youths appear before court charged over incident at Howth Junction Dart station
The teens, who indicated they understood, were granted legal aid.
# Trains
Major rail works over bank holiday will affect Cork, Limerick, Clare, Dublin and Louth
The rail provider has put a revised timetable in place that will close some lines which will be served with bus transfers instead.
# Clontarf
Three men arrested over graffiti damage of train at Dublin station
Gardaí were on patrol in the area on Sunday as part of an ongoing operation to target groups vandalising carriages.
# Transport Police
'Are we waiting for a serious assault to occur?' Renewed call for dedicated transport police
It follows news of a disturbing incident that played out ona nighttime DART service this week.
# Dublin
Investigation into reports of disturbing 'rape chant' on nighttime DART service
Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell was travelling home towards Malahide when he heard the alarming chant.
# on the road again
Public transport services return to full capacity today for the first time in over a year
Masks are still a requirement across public transport.
# off the rails
DARTs won't be running between Connolly and Grand Canal Dock this weekend
Dublin Bus will be operating between these stations while improvement works take place.
# Kilbarrack
Teenagers arrested after ambulance personnel 'came under attack' at Dart station
Two teenagers were injured during incidents in Howth and Kilbarrack yesterday.
Juvenile arrested and released in relation to Howth Junction incident
CCTV footage of the incident appeared online earlier this month.
# Public Transport
Public consultation launched on extension of Dart line from Heuston to Hazelhatch
Once this consultation is completed, all submissions will be considered by the project design team.
# Howth Junction
Assault investigation launched after woman falls between platform and Dart at Howth Junction station
The incident happened on 1 April.
# Irish Rail
Resignalling project to impact Irish Rail services through Connolly for next three weekends
The €120 million project will result in the resignalling of the Dart network from Howth/Malahide to Sandymount.
# upgrades
Dart extension to Drogheda and increased capacity promised in new rail plan
A public consultation will now take place as part of plans for the Dart+ West programme.
# the dart
Ireland has secured €8.8 million in funding from Europe to go towards Dart expansion project in Kildare
The government’s development plan aims to increase capacity on Dart services to cope with the expected rise in demand in future.
# Phase Two
Buses and Dart services to operate pre-Covid 'Monday to Friday' schedule from next week
But social distancing requirements will still mean capacity on services will be just over 20% of pre-Covid levels.
# Covid-19
Travel demand on public transport during Phase One has been higher than expected, says NTA
Normal Monday-Friday timetables for commuters on bus and DART are due to recommence on 8 June.
# Transport
Compulsory facemasks and temperature checks - unions want changes to public transport as part of return to 'normal'
The National Bus and Rail Union wants a number of measures introduced to guarantee worker welfare.
# Closed
Repairs to roof of Dublin's Pearse station to cause disruption to Irish Rail users this weekend
Engineering works at Pearse are also planned for 21-22 March and 25-26 April.
# accessibility
Irish Rail says it plans to replace and upgrade all its lifts over the next five years
Disability activists have recently highlighted that many lifts are out of service for long periods of time,
# All aboard
'Strong growth' for public transport sector as passenger numbers increased 9% last year
Passenger figures across the rail, bus and tram network in Ireland increase last year.