DART UNDERGROUND DUBLIN

General Dart Underground Information The Missing Link -Integrating Dublin’s transport system.

Iarnród Éireann is advancing work on a new underground second DART line through the heart of Dublin city centre.

The DART Underground rail line, now proposed to run from Docklands to
Inchicore, will complete the trebling of the Greater Dublin area’s rail
service capacity from 33 million passenger journeys annually now to 100
million passenger journeys upon completion.

The DART Underground tunnels will be approximately 7.6 Km in length and
will connect the Northern and Kildare rail lines, with underground stations
strategically located at Spencer Dock, Pearse, St. Stephen’s Green,
Christchurch and Heuston Station, as well as a new surface DART station at
Inchicore.

The DART Underground rail project took another significant step towards
delivery on Wednesday, 30th June, 2010 when the formal application was
lodged with An Bord Pleanála for the Railway Order granting planning
approval. Subject to the granting of the Railway Order it is anticipated
that construction will commence in 2012 and that the system will be
operational in 2018.

DART Underground will be the single most important piece of infrastructure
in the state to ensure a modal shift from private to public transport, and
free future generations from the gridlock which cripples the Greater Dublin
area today. It is a central part of the Government’s Transport 21 ten-year
transport investment plan. It also links all rail modes – DART, Commuter,
Intercity, Luas and Metro – to form an integrated cohesive transport
network.

This project is funded by the Irish Government under the Transport 21
investment programme; it is also being part-funded by the Ten-T Executive
Agency of the European Commission. Elements of this project will be
undertaken as a Public Private Partnership (PPP), Iarnród Éireann and the
Department of Transport are currently examining a number of options for PPP.

The new line will dramatically increase frequency and capacity for
commuters on DART Northern, Maynooth and Kildare lines – the three fastest
growing population corridors in the country – and relieve the current
congestion at Connolly Station. Development plans also include the
extension of the DART network to Maynooth, Hazelhatch/Celbridge and the
Northern line.

DART Underground provides the missing link that that will deliver a fully
integrated rail network for the Greater Dublin Area, linking all modes and
ensuring that suburb to suburb, as well as suburb to city centre, journey’s
can be made by a frequent, high capacity public transport network.

The new line will dramatically changeIarnród Éireann’s DART and Commuter
network. Northern line DART services from Balbriggan and Howth will branch
off the existing DART line after Clontarf Road, going underground to new
stations and opening up a web of new rail connections:

* Spencer Dock Station connects with the expanded Luas Red Line
* Pearse Station will become a central transport hub as both DART lines
interchange there, opening up a variety of new rail connections and
options. Pearse will also link with outer Commuter services.
* St. Stephen’s Green will have convenient access to the Luas Green
Line and the proposed Metro North to the Airport and Swords.
* Christchurch with future Luas City Centre-Lucan line.
* Heuston Station links to Intercity services from the South and the
West, outer Commuter trains and the Luas Red Line.
* Inchicore with the Kildare DART line and the planned Luas City
Centre-Lucan line.

The Docklands to Inchicore Interconnector will deliver:

* A second high capacity DART line through the heart of the city
centre, a 7.6 kilometre underground line
* Dramatically increased frequency and capacity for services on the
Northern, Maynooth and Kildare lines – the three fastest growing population
corridors in the country – and relieving the current congestion at Connolly
Station
* A fully integrated rail network for the Greater Dublin area, linking
all modes – DART, Commuter, Intercity, LUAS and Metro – and ensuring that
suburb to suburb as well as suburb to city centre journeys can be made by a
frequent, high capacity public transport network
* Two high capacity DART lines proposed as Balbriggan/Howth to
Hazelhatch; and Maynooth/Dunboyne(M3) to Bray/Greystones, with DART
extensions to some routes likely to be delivered in advance of the DART
Underground
* A trebling of the number of passenger journeys by DART and Commuter
rail annually – up from 33 million today to 100 million
* A critical piece of urban, regional and national infrastructure
* Up to 7,000 jobs during each year of construction of the construction
phase, with many thousands more jobs indirectly as a result of the
significantly improved access that the project will deliver to retail,
commercial, leisure and tourist destinations in Dublin.

Current Status of Project

Railway Order Application

The DART Underground rail project took another significant step towards
delivery on Wednesday, 30th June, 2010 when the formal application was
lodged with An Bord Pleanála for the Railway Order granting planning
approval for the construction of this key public transport infrastructure
scheme.

The Railway Order is the equivalent of a planning permission for new rail
schemes and, if granted, will authorise CIÉ to construct, maintain, improve
and operate the DART Underground. The project will involve the construction
and operation of approximately 8.6 Km of new rail (7.6 Km of which will be
in tunnels) from the CIÉ Inchicore Works to tie into the Northern mainline
south of East Wall Road and north of the Docklands area. The project will
be managed on behalf of CIÉ by Iarnród Éireann, supported by expert
advisers with international experience of similar major infrastructure
projects.

Subject to the granting of the Railway Order it is anticipated that
construction will commence in 2012 and that the system will be operational
in 2018. The tunnels will be constructed using two Tunnel Boring Machines,
launching from the Docklands, at an average depth of 24 metres, or some 80
feet, below ground level. The underground stations will be constructed
using techniques that will minimize the effect for the local residents,
communities and environment.

Under the Railway Order, CIÉ will be displaying the full plans for the
Project at various different locations for a period of six weeks.

The full Railway Order documentation, including:

* The draft Railway Order
* Plans of the proposed railway works
* A Book of Reference to the plan, indicating owners and occupiers of
lands described in the plans
* Environmental Impact Statement

will be on display from 7th July until 18th August 2010 at the following
locations:

* An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1
* Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8
* Heuston Station, Dublin 8
* Pearse Station, Dublin 2
* CIÉ Inchicore Works (Inchicore Parade Entrance), Dublin 8.

These documents may also be viewed from 7th July until 18th August 2010 on
www.dartundergroundrailwayorder.ie

The display is to allow all interested parties to view the plans. Any
interested party then has the opportunity up to the end of the display
period to submit any views they have on the project to An Bord Pleanála.