The Dart +West project has been given government approval to enter the planning system.

Mary welcomed the progression of the project however she has called for the NTA to ensure that prior to submitting the railway order the issue of the proposed compulsory order for Ashtown Stables be dealt with.

Ashtown stables is an important part of the community, as shown by the 5000 signatures opposing the compulsory purchase of the land.

DART+ will:

•  Double passenger capacity per hour to 52,000 and treble the length of the DART network to 150km

•   Facilitate sustainable mobility and transport-led housing development in the capital and surrounding counties; and

•    Provide clean and green electrified rail services in line with the targets set in the Climate Action Plan.

This approval means the project can now apply to An Bord Pleanála for a Railway Order application.

Iarnród Éireann are currently considering submissions received during the most recent round of non-statutory public consultation on DART+ West and expect to apply to An Board Pleanála during Q2 2022.