Plans for a new DART line to Celbridge have been revealed.
The project will extend DART trains from Dublin city centre to Hazelhatch and Celbridge train station in Co Kildare, as part of a wider expansion of DART services.
It involved 20 kilometres of a new electrified track and the project will move into the planning system by the end of the month.
Subject to planning permission and funding, work could begin in 2025.
A statement from the Department of Transport says: "The project will provide a fast, high-frequency and electrified rail service to communities along the route at Islandbridge, Park West and Cherry Orchard, Clondalkin, Adamstown, and Celbridge and Hazelhatch.
"Following Government approval today, a Railway Order (planning application) for DART+ South West, covering 20km of new electrified rail infrastructure, will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála by the end of March. Subject to planning permission and final funding arrangements, construction works for DART + South West could commence in 2025, with delivery of the infrastructure by the end of the decade.
"In general, train services along the route will at least double in frequency, with up to 11 trains each way per hour at peak times serving stations upon completion of the project.
"This will increase the number of passengers that can travel to and from Dublin city along the route from circa 5,000 each way at present to 20,000 in future.
"The project will see construction of a new station, Heuston West, at Islandbridge, and the quadrupling of rail track between Park West and Heuston.
"The project involves electrification of the Phoenix Park Tunnel along with the wider route, allowing DART trains to operate between Hazelhatch/Celbridge and Connolly station (and beyond), as well as Heuston station."
Minister for Transport @EamonRyan has announced approval by Cabinet for @IrishRail DART+ South West to enter the planning system.
DART+ South West will see:
🚃20km of newly electrified rail network
🚃Dublin to Celbridge connected
🚃Approx doubling of train services pic.twitter.com/zuFALhIkjc
— Department of Transport (@Dept_Transport) March 8, 2023
Transport Minister Eamon Ryan says: "This rail project will transform the lives of people living in communities along the route, giving them a fast, reliable and frequent train service into Dublin.
"It also means that we can move ahead with good, transport led planning, facilitating vital affordable new housing along the route.
"We’ll start this with the delivery of the first batch of 90 new DART carriages arriving next year. This will see new DART services between Drogheda and Dublin city from early 2025, before then expanding to other areas including Hazelhatch and Celbridge.”
Anne Graham, CEO of the NTA, says: "The DART+ South West project is a key deliverable in the Greater Dublin Area Transport Strategy and will provide a major upgrade to rail services for passengers living along the rail corridor. This project will be particularly beneficial to commuters, as many of the DART trains will operate to and from Dublin city centre through the Phoenix Park tunnel to Connolly and Grand Canal Dock stations."