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22nd Feb 2019

Two Of Dublin’s Busiest Train Stations Will Be Closed This Weekend

Darragh Berry

This will disrupt the city in a big way. We hope you weren’t planning on travelling this weekend.

A major project to replace the life-expired 19th century Pearse Station will continue this weekend, 23rd and 24th February.

Irish Rail said that:

“The roof structure, which dates from the 1880s, is in poor condition, and protective mesh netting has been in place in the station below roof level in recent years to protect customers and rail services, due to the corrosion which has occurred.

“Its replacement has been identified by Iarnród Éireann as a crucial safety project.

“While the roof is not a protected structure, Iarnród Éireann has specified that the external appearance and character of the structure should be maintained.

“The project will cost €17 million and is funded by the National Transport Authority, and will take place over a period of 23 months.”

While the vast majority of works will not affect rail services and are also planned to take place at daytime to reduce impact on the surrounding areas, Iarnród Éireann does expect that the station will need to be closed for up to 13 weekends over the 23-month period for round-the-clock works, involving crane operation to install sections of the new structure.

The closure means that:

  • DARTs will be operate between Howth/Malahide and Connolly; and between Grand Canal Dock and Greystones only
  • Both Tara Street and Pearse Stations will be closed.
  • And Dublin Connolly/Rosslare Europort trains will have bus transfers between Connolly and Bray

The next weekend the works will take place will be 13th-14th April.

The works will consist of the replacement of all primary trusses with new steel trusses, or similar, and replacement of the existing roofing materials with new materials chosen to maintain the external appearance and character of the structure.

Significant works will also be necessary to separate the works from both the operations of the station and from the surrounding high density area which includes residential, commercial, educational and amenity areas. A crash deck will be installed over the main station for the duration of the works.

Physical works are taking place between September 2018 and July 2020. A total of up to 13 dedicated construction weekends are likely to be required during this time to allow for crane operation. This will require the suspension of train services through the station during these weekends, meaning train services would not operate between Connolly and Grand Canal Dock.

You can find more information on the Irish rail website here.