Merrion Gates

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Merrion Gates level crossing

The Merrion Gates (Irish: Geataí Mhuirfean) is a railway level crossing in Sandymount, Dublin, where the DART and Dublin–Rosslare railway line crosses Strand Road near its junction with Merrion Road. It is a major traffic bottleneck, which also restricts the possible frequency of railway traffic.[1]

There is access on foot to Sandymount Strand just to the east of the railway crossing.

Railway Station[edit]

The old Train Station building

Merrion railway station opened in 1835 and closed in 1935.[2] Current neighbouring stations are Sydney Parade to the north and Booterstown to the south.

Redevelopment proposal[edit]

In October 2016, the National Transport Authority unveiled a proposal to close the Merrion Gates by diverting motor traffic onto a new road bridge over the railway some 250 metres to the north, and pedestrian and cycle traffic through a new tunnel under the current crossing.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b Paul Melia (2016-10-27). "€50m plan to end traffic nightmare at level crossing on Dart tracks". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2016-10-27.
  2. ^ Merrion Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 12 January 2010
  3. ^ "Sandymount / Merrion to Blackrock Corridor Study - Public consultation document" (PDF). National Transport Authority. October 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-27.

Coordinates: 53°18′59″N 6°12′18″W / 53.316388°N 6.204953°W / 53.316388; -6.204953