Minister for Sustainable Transport Ciaran Cuffe has welcomed the opening of a new section of rail line at Dunboyne, Co. Meath, connecting commuters to Dublin city centre, for the first time in over 60 years
Minister Cuffe said: “This first phase of the Navan rail line offers a real alternative to people living in Dunboyne but working in Dublin city and surrounds. Commuters can now choose rail, and reach the city centre in only half an hour.
“The park and ride facilities at the M3 Parkway, which can accommodate 1200 cars, and the 300 spaces at Dunboyne, will see thousands of car journeys removed from the roads. As well as easing traffic congestion in the city, this will go some way to reducing carbon emissions along the commuter route.”
Minister Cuffe said he looked forward to the completion of the full rail line which will connect Navan to Dublin; planning permission for the line is due to be submitted to An Bord Pleanála in May 2011. Today’s new rail line opening follows the opening of the Ennis to Athenry line on the Western Rail Corridor earlier this year and the Cork to Midleton line last year.