Grand Canal Dock railway station

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Grand Canal Dock
Dug na Canálach Móire
Iarnród Éireann
Location 44-47 Barrow Street, Dublin 4, D04 C3H6
Republic of Ireland
Coordinates 53°20′23″N 6°14′16″W / 53.33961°N 6.23771°W / 53.33961; -6.23771Coordinates: 53°20′23″N 6°14′16″W / 53.33961°N 6.23771°W / 53.33961; -6.23771
Owned by Iarnród Éireann
Operated by Iarnród Éireann
Platforms 3
Structure type At-grade
Other information
Station code GCDK
Fare zone Suburban 1
Key dates
23 January 2001 Station opens
November 2014 Refurbishment commences
July 2016 Refurbishment completed
Now withdrawn DART 8200 Class (8203) operating a southbound service at Grand Canal Dock
Iarnrod Eireann Class 201 at Grand Canal Dock's platform 1

Grand Canal Dock railway station (Irish: Stáisiún Dug na Canálach Móire) serves the Grand Canal Dock area in Dublin, Ireland.

Howth Junction & Donaghmede
Clontarf Road
Fairview Depot
River Tolka
Western Commuter
& Sligo Line
Docklands(Luas Spencer Dock)
The Royal Canal
Dublin ConnollyLuas
Luas Red Line
to Dublin Heuston
Luas Red Line
to The Point
Loopline Bridge
Tara Street
Dublin Pearse
Grand Canal Dock
Lansdowne Road
Sydney Parade
Salthill and Monkstown
Dún Laoghaire
Sandycove and Glasthule
Bray Daly


Like several stations in central Dublin, it is elevated above street level, with steps leading down to Barrow Street in South Lotts, near Google's European headquarters.

The ticket office is open between 06:00-00:00 AM, Monday to Sunday.

The station has three platforms. Platform 1 is a former terminal platform, which became the Northbound main line on 18 July 2016. Platform 2 is the terminal platform for South Western Commuter trains to Newbridge.[1] Platform 3 is the Southbound main line platform. Platforms 1 and 2 are accessed by a footbridge and platform 3 has level access.


Grand Canal Dock was built on the site of a former locomotive shed at Canal Street, across from the engineering works of the Dublin & Kingstown Railway, which were in use between 1834 and 1925.

This station was opened on 23 January 2001. The first station clerk on duty was Mick O'Grady and the senior depot man was Nigel McArdle. Grand Canal Dock was Dublin's newest station until Docklands Station opened in March 2007.

Between November 2014 and July 2016 the station underwent a major refurbishment to prepare it to serve South Western Commuter trains to Newbridge, which commenced operations on 21 November 2016.[2][3] Irish Rail rebuilt platform 1, resurfaced the other platforms, installed new destination displays, and provided a new evacuation bridge. Platform 1 lacked overhead electric cables and had a permanent sign reading "Do not board any trains at platform 1" that was removed in May 2015. Platform 1 was fitted with overhead cables in November 2015. Irish Rail also added a centre road terminating turn-back facility to accommodate southbound trains. The refurbishment of the station itself was completed in May 2015, although major resignalling and track work took place for one more year.

City Centre Resignalling[edit]

The new signalling was commissioned, along with platform 1, on 18 July 2016.[4][5]

The completion of the Irish Rail City Centre resignalling project has provided for

  • An increase in the number of Northern and Maynooth line suburban trains stopping at Grand Canal Dock
  • Trains from Newbridge terminating at Grand Canal Dock

This was made possible by making available all three platforms at Grand Canal Dock and the ability of the signalling system in the city centre to operate 20 trains per hour in both directions instead of 8.[4]

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Preceding station   Iarnrod Eireann simple logo 2013.png Iarnród Éireann   Following station
Dublin Pearse   Commuter
Northern Commuter
Peak times only
  Lansdowne Road
Western Commuter
(City Branch)

Peak times only
Dublin Pearse   Commuter
South Western Commuter
Dublin Pearse   DART
  Lansdowne Road
Dublin Pearse   DART
Line 1
  Lansdowne Road