Gallagher calls for Phoenix Park Underground Railway
DUBLIN 15 Sinn Féin Councillor Felix Gallagher is seeking a study to ascertain the viability of reopening the underground railway through the Phoenix Park and extending it to link in with existing public transport.
Cllr. Gallagher said "Everyone knows that Dublin 15 is probably the most congested part of the city, thanks to the M50 tollbooth and years of non-investment in rail transport. However rather than just moan about it I am trying to look at pragmatic ways of addressing the issue. Many people are unaware that a fully-working underground rail track exists under the Phoenix Park which exits at Heuston Station. What I am suggesting is that this haulage service could be upgraded to a passenger service and extended to serve the Dunsink, Connolly Hospital, Abbottstown areas and residential areas such as Corduff and Tyrrelstown. Most of these lands are in State ownership and are to be further developed; this would also provide a rail link to the main industrial areas of Ballycoolin. At this point it is only a suggestion and would necessitate the carrying out of a major engineering study; environmental impact study and cost benefit analysis.
"Obviously there is no mention of such proposals within Transport 21, however the 25,000 people of Dublin 15 living east of the N3 need access to a regular rail service. The industrial estates currently provide employment for over 20,000 people and this has the capacity to treble in coming years. Also Abbottstown and Dunsink are proposed to be major recreational areas and public transport must be a key aspect of these projects. The County Manager has agreed to seek the views of the Department of Transport, Iarnród Éireann and the Railway Procurement Agency. I would encourage anyone who supports such a proposal to contact me and to lobby the appropriate Minister." ENDS.