Local Fianna Fáil TD, John Curran has expressed deep frustration that Kishogue railway station remains unopened despite promises to review its usage after the Phoenix Park Tunnel became operational. Services commenced through the Phoenix Park tunnel in November.
In information acquired by the Deputy through a Parliamentary Question, the Minister for Transport’s commitment to open Kishogue railway station in Lucan remains at a standstill as the National Transport Authority seek to undertake further review of surrounding lands.
The NTA has advised that it is likely to be end 2017 or early 2018 before this review is undertaken.
Speaking on the issue, Deputy Curran said, “Seven years on from being built, the station at Kishogue has been restricted from being opened several times. In November, the Minister promised to review the services once the Phoenix Park tunnel opened, now that has moved to when the lands surrounding the station are developed.
“Our local transport system links our people and our businesses to the city centre, via what should be a rapidly expanding integrated transport network. Businesses and consumers stand to benefit from a well-developed rail infrastructure but there are glaring deficits on the West side of the city, with capacity and integration the key ones.
“People would be happy to live in areas within commuting distance of Dublin if they are assured that they will have strong public transport links to the capital in the years ahead. The opening of the disused station at Kishogue has the capacity to significantly improve services and offer locals access to both sides of Dublin city by rail.
“Standstill traffic congestion, expensive public transport and parking issues are seriously undermining our locality, while the Minister continues to drag his feet by failing to deliver on the opening of Kishogue Railway Station in Lucan.
“Any measures to improve our transport infrastructure are very much needed and therefore, opening the station at Kishogue must be a matter of priority. It is clear that the Government has not put any effort into delivering on this promise,” concluded Deputy Curran.