18:30 Dart Underground - Mark Conroy, Iarnród Éireann
19:30 PM- The Flexible Weapon to Tackle Change - John McGrath, DIT
DART Expansion Presentation Overview
The DART Expansion presentation will outline the background to the DART Expansion Programme and its current status. It will also focus on the societal benefits of an expanded heavy rail network in achieving the national objective of decarbonisation of the transport sector.
Summary of the DART Expansion Programme
The DART Expansion programme represents Iarnród Éireann’s plan for improvement and expansion of the heavy rail network across the Greater Dublin Area. It will provide a step change in train services offered to passengers across the GDA. It will be the single most important public transport investment scheme in the State in enabling modal shift from private car to public transport.
The DART Expansion programme includes a number of constituent elements, including:
The DART Underground Project, comprising underground tunnels crossing beneath the heart of Dublin City from Inchicore/Heuston area to the North Docklands, linking the Cork Mainline to the Northern (Belfast) Line (approx. 8km);
Completion of 4 tracking on the Cork Line from Park West to Inchicore (to tie-in to DART Underground) and electrification from Hazelhatch Station (Celbridge) to Inchicore/Heuston;
Extension of electrification of the Belfast Line from Malahide to Drogheda;
Electrification, removal of level crossings and re-signalling of the Sligo Line from Connolly to Maynooth;
Deliver a new National Train Control Centre for the entire Iarnród Éireann network; and
Expansion of fleet and depot facilities.
When complete the programme will provide two grade-separated high-capacity and high-frequency lines across Dublin extending from (1) Maynooth to Greystones (65km) and (2) Drogheda to Hazelhatch (Celbridge), via an underground rail tunnel beneath Dublin City Centre from the North Docklands to Heuston/Inchicore (77km). Passenger interchange between the two lines will be facilitated at Pearse Station. It is designed to integrate with existing and proposed light rail and Dublin bus services, to provide an integrated transport network.
Electrification of the heavy rail services within the expanded terrain will also promote the transition from private car journey onto public transport for journeys into the city centre, thus assisting in reducing emissions from the transport sector and improving the city centre environment. This will positively contribute to the national objective of decarbonisation of the Irish economy and set Ireland towards a sustainable public transport system.
Mark Conroy – Environmental Manager-Infrastructure, Iarnród Éireann
Mark is a Chartered Engineer and Member of Engineers Ireland and a Professional Geologist with the Institution of Geologists of Ireland. He joined Iarnród Éireann is 2009 as Environmental Manager for the DART Underground, responsible for ensuring completeness of the environmental appraisals of the project. He was also responsible for the management of the Railway Order application process through An Bord Pleanála and the High Court Judicial review. Since 2012 he has been responsible for environmental compliance and promotion of environmentally sustainable measures with the Office of the Director of Infrastructure Management. Prior to joining Iarnród Éireann, Mark worked as a consultant hydrogeologist in Ireland on projects ranging from transportation, energy supply, waste management and water supply.