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April 21, 2010

Clongriffin Station by Iarnród Éireann Architects

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Iarnród Éireann’s newest station, the new Clongriffin DART Station, was officially opened this week. Designed by Iarnród Éireann Architects, Clongriffin is the 145th station on Iarnród Éireann’s network and is the first new DART station since Grand Canal Dock opened in 2001. Clongriffin Station design provides an elevated passenger concourse area over the rail line. Incorporating accessibility for mobility-impaired customers, facilities include booking office and automatic ticket vending machines, a retail unit space, sheltered concourse and access to platforms, CCTV and PA systems, electronic customer information display screens and help points. There is also a privately-operated park and ride facility at the station.

The station design provides a semi-open space, with perimeter glazing offering full view of platforms below and incoming trains, and is naturally ventilated. The roof with a curved shape provides a rooflight letting in additional natural daylight, and reducing the requirement of artificial lighting for energy efficiency.

Residents of Clongriffin and the Coast Developments can now reach the city centre in as little as 17 minutes by rail, with 63 trains a day serving the station. Rail services will link commuters to Connolly, Tara St and Pearse Stations in the city, offering residents a frequent, reliable and environmentally friendly commute to the city centre, as well as to all stations along the DART line. The station will be served by all Malahide DARTs, as well as some Northern commuter line trains.

Speaking at the opening of the station, CIÉ and Iarnród Éireann Chairman Dr John Lynch said: “We are delighted to open yet another station on our network. Our objective at Iarnród Éireann is develop our services to meet the needs of changing and developing communities, and in opening Clongriffin Station we are bringing the frequency, reliability and connectivity of living on the DART line to the people at Clongriffin and The Coast.”

The station was funded by the developers of Clongriffin and Coast, Gannon Homes Ltd and Helsingnor Ltd respectively, the project is in collaboration with the respective Local Authorities of Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council.

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