Fine Gael TD, for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has said the expansion of the DART service from Malahide to Balbriggan will greatly benefit residents in the North County.
“I am delighted with the announcement by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, that the DART service will be extended from Malahide to serve the local community in Donabate, Rush, Lusk, Skerries, and Balbriggan. Providing increased levels of rail infrastructure to link the North County with the city centre is of the utmost importance in terms of reducing the level of congestion on our roads, while also incentivising further investment and job creation in the North County.
“I am pleased that the process of expanding the DART services to Balbriggan will be commenced within the timeframe of the Government’s new capital plan. This will allow for substantial improvements in terms of the frequency of rail services to stations between Malahide and Balbriggan which will cater for the increasing number of people travelling between the North County and the city centre.
“Census 2011 identified Dublin Fingal as having a growth rate roughly four times greater than that of Dublin City. With this in mind, it is essential that long-term, sustainable, rail infrastructure is put in place to cater for the needs of residents in our local community.
“I believe that the expansion of the DART to Donabate, Rush and Lusk, Skerries and Balbriggan will finally provide an adequate level of service to each of these stations which will greatly benefit local residents, particularly those who commute to the city centre every day.”