Dublin Suburban Rail - Western Commuter - G

Dublin Suburban Rail - G

The system is made up of five lines:
  • Northern Commuter - Dublin Pearse to Dundalk (with one peak time train to Dublin in the morning and an evening train back to Newry) every weekday.
  • South Eastern Commuter - Dublin Connolly to Gorey.
  • South Western Commuter - Dublin Heuston to Portlaoise/Newbridge. Grand Canal Dock to Hazelhatch and Celbridge/Newbridge via the Phoenix Park Tunnel.
  • Western Commuter - Dublin Pearse / Docklands to Longford/M3 Parkway.
  • Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Bray Daly/Greystones to Howth/Malahide.
Western Commuter

Fleet: 29000 Class and 22000 Class DMUs.

Western Commuter Stations Served:

  • City Branch: Dublin Pearse, Tara Street, Dublin Connolly, Drumcondra, Broombridge, Pelletstown, Ashtown, Navan Road Parkway, Castleknock, Coolmine, Clonsilla, Leixlip Confey, Leixlip Louisa Bridge, Maynooth, then continuing onto Kilcock, Enfield, Mullingar, Edgeworthstown and Longford.
  • Docklands/Dunboyne Branch: Docklands, Broombridge, Pelletstown, Ashtown, Navan Road Parkway, Castleknock, Coolmine, Clonsilla, Hansfield, Dunboyne, and M3 Parkway.
This service had been operated as a limited-service from November 1981 until 1990, serving Ashtown (opened January 1982), Clonsilla, Leixlip (now Leixlip Louisa Bridge) and Maynooth. In 1990, new stations were opened at Broombridge, Castleknock, Coolmine and Leixlip Confey. Another station at Drumcondra was re-opened in March 1998.

Most of the station buildings on this line were a mixture of small block built booking offices and converted steel cabins and there was still a limited service owing to the single track between Clonsilla and Maynooth.

In 2001, a major upgrade project took place, with the upgrading of the line between Clonsilla and Maynooth to double track, the entire line being upgraded to continuous welded rail, the building of permanent station buildings at all stations except Broombridge, the replacement of the semaphore signalling with computerised traffic control, and the provision of real-time information displays at stations. These, however, apart from the ones at Drumcondra, were not in use until February 2012.

From 12 March 2007, several additional weekday services operate on the Maynooth line. However, these only operated from Clonsilla, serving the existing stations to Broombridge, and then terminate at the new Docklands railway station. These did not serve either Drumcondra or the central Dublin stations, or the stations beyond Clonsilla.

On 3 September 2010, the first trains ran from Docklands onto the Dunboyne branch serving Dunboyne and M3 Parkway. In June 2013, another station opened on this branch called Hansfield serving Ongar and Clonee areas. It is planned that these services will run eventually to Navan, becoming the proposed Meath Commuter.

On 21 January 2008, the then-named Phoenix Park railway station opened. This station is located beside the R147 dual carriageway in Ashtown, and despite its former name is not located in the Phoenix Park, but was built to serve the Phoenix Park Racecourse Apartments constructed on grounds of the former racecourse adjacent to the park. To avoid confusion, this station was renamed Navan Road Parkway in 2011.

In February 2014, Iarnród Éireann announced an improvement programme for the Western Commuter line, which includes the removal of level crossings at Ashtown, Coolmine, Porterstown and two crossings at Clonsilla.

The level crossing on the Ratoath Road has been replaced by an overbridge which was completed in February 2015. Further improvements, including the remaining level crossing works, electrification to Maynooth and a new depot west of Maynooth are now covered by the DART+ West plan.

Western Commuter Legend

Dublin–Sligo Line
Leixlip Louisa Bridge
Leixlip Confey
M3 Parkway
Hansfield (serves Ongar)

Navan Road Parkway
The Royal Canal
Phoenix Park Tunnel to Dublin Heuston
Docklands (Luas Spencer Dock)
The Royal Canal
Dublin Connolly Luas
Luas Red Line to Tallaght or Saggart
Loopline Bridge
Tara Street
Dublin Pearse

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