Tara Street railway station
DART 8520 Class EMU (8625) at Tara Street Station
|Location||Tara Street, Dublin 2, D02 WK19
Republic of Ireland
|Owned by||Iarnród Éireann|
|Operated by||Iarnród Éireann|
|Fare zone||Suburban 1|
|1 May 1891||Station opens|
It deals with mainly DART trains and longer distance commuter trains. Commuter services operate to (1) Maynooth and the western suburbs, (2) Balbriggan, Drogheda and Dundalk on the former GNR(I) main line, (3) Arklow and Rosslare Europort and (4) Newbridge, through the Phoenix Park Tunnel.
The station has two through platforms above street level with ticket areas and retail outlets at street level. The platform retaining walls, the stairwells and canopies were originally timber planking but upgraded to include escalators and fibreglass panels in the 1970s and 1980s.
More recent changes have seen new stairwells installed and platforms lengthened to reflect the increasing throughput. There are proposals to build in the airspace above the station and adjacent property has been acquired for this purpose.
The ticket office is open between 06:00-00:00 AM, Monday to Sunday.
The station opened on 1 May 1891.
It is on the 'Loop Line' which was constructed towards the end of the 19th century by the City of Dublin Junction Railway, connecting the Dublin & Kingstown terminus at Westland Row (now Pearse Station) and Amiens St (now Connolly Station) on the Great Northern Railway (Ireland), and linked into the Midland Great Western freight line, thus joining up all the main railways in Dublin.
City Centre Resignalling
The completion of the Irish Rail City Centre re-signalling project has seen an:
- Increase in the number of Northern and Maynooth line suburban trains stopping at Tara street.
- Trains from Newbridge also serving Tara Street station.
This has been made possible by the ability of the signalling system in the city centre to operate 20 trains per hour in both directions instead of 8.
The project began in March 2015 and was commissioned on 17 July 2016.
Tara Street is soon to undergo a major redevelopment.
The original plans include a new office block of 15 levels with 14,990sqm of offices. 10 levels will be above a new station concourse with access to the new station from Tara Street and George's Quay.
The CIÉ group placed a tender in March 2015 to find a new property development partner. Such a partner was found in July 2015 and the current plan comprises a €130-million development for an office block of 22 levels.
- "Tara Street station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-03.
- http://www.tarastreetstation.ie/ CIE TARA STREET STATION REDEVELOPMENT site