Irish transport minister launches Dublin rail upgrade

Ireland’s transport minister has officially launched the start of work to upgrade Dublin’s Kildare commuter line.

The €13.7 million project, which has been funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport through the National Transport Authority (NTA), will focus around preparing the Phoenix Park Tunnel to welcome regular passengers services for the first time.

Once complete in late 2016, commuters on the Kildare to Dublin Heuston line will be able to catch direct services to Connolly, Tara St, Pearse and Grand Canal Dock Stations.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe was joined by Anne Graham, chief executive of NTA, and David Franks, chief executive of Iarnród Éireann.

Other works include resignalling the line between Connolly and Grand Canal Dock, as well as some track renewals, station upgrades and signal relocation.

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