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Journal 182  - Stations

Cork In June Cork City Council granted planning permission for the proposed new entrance building on the southern side of the tracks near Horgan's Quay (See Journal 181). Conditions imposed by the planners include additional taxi rank spaces to serve the new building and the possibility of reversing proposed traffic access entering and exiting from east or west, depending on the outcome of a traffic audit which IÉ will have to carry out.

IÉ has sought expressions of interest from contractors to provide site investigation works for the new entrance.

Crusheen The Minister for Transport advised the Dáil "My department's capital funding for rail infrastructure was reduced last year in order to support the emergency funding required for the CIÉ Group. As a result of the reduced capital funding, Irish Rail have had to re-evaluate their planned capital programme to 2016, with the priority being to protect existing assets and to maintain safety standards. In the context of this, I have asked Irish Rail to revisit their current proposals for Crusheen rail stop which has a construction cost of in the order of €2m and see if a lower cost alternative is feasible. It is my intention to provide for a rail stop at Crusheen." The village has a population of 864.

IÉ said the estimate includes for a platform, track level alterations, signalling works and equipment and the €2.1m cost "is the going rate in such circumstances… There is limited scope for a lower cost project for Crusheen station, as what is proposed is a very simple one-platform station." IÉ said that there are no immediate plans to proceed with the station: "Crusheen is not provided for in our 2013 capital budget and will be assessed in the context of our 2014 capital funding which will prioritise, as the Minister details, maintaining safety and protection of existing assets."

Hansfield The new station located immediately west of Clonsilla on the M3 Parkway (Dunboyne) line was officially opened by the Minister for Transport on Friday 28 June. The first train to serve the station was 4-car 29028 on the 06:59 to Docklands. The station cost €10m and was funded by a local developer. Its opening was delayed for three years as no access road had been built. The road was the subject of a long-running battle between Fingal County Council and the property developer. Completion of this road at a cost of €1m funded by the NTA allowed the station to be opened. There are 74 free parking spaces.

Oranmore The new station, which is between MP1221/4-1221/2 near Garraun ¾-mile east of the site of the original Oranmore station which had inadequate space for a car park, opened on Sunday 28 July. It was officially opened by the Minister for Transport next day. The unmanned single platform station features a €1.5m 300-space car park funded, owned and operated by Galway County Council. The station was funded by the NTA and cost approximately €3m. It is served by 23 trains on weekdays and 25 trains on Sundays. The single fare for the 7 minute journey from Oranmore to Galway is €5.70.

Parking Charges From 15 July daily car parking charges were increased from €3 to €4 when paying in cash at the machine at the station and from €2 to €3 when paying by Park-by-Text. Weekly and Monthly charges did not increase. Higher charges apply to Heuston, Connolly, Cork, Galway and Limerick car parks and these were also increased by €1 per day.

Best Station Awards In June Westport was awarded the title of Overall Best Station. Other awards were made to Carlow, Killarney, Pearse, Adamstown and Glounthaune.

The remainder of this article appears in IRRS Journal number 182, published October 2013

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