State gets €8.8m EU grant to study Dart expansion into Kildare

Project will ‘prepare the way for the construction phase’, EU says

The State will receive more than €8.8 million in grant aid from the European Union to spend on studies to expand the Dart into Kildare.

Support for expansion of the Dart line came under a €2.2 billion investment round from the EU which will support 140 key transport projects. It was provided under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the EU's grant scheme supporting transport infrastructure.

To receive the funding, the projects must have been designed to help build missing transport links, support sustainable transport and create jobs.

“Dart expansion will provide more frequent and sustainable transport options to citizens living in the greater Dublin area, and encourage a shift from private cars to public transport,” the EU said in outlining the projects that were selected.


“The project increases train frequency and capacity, as well as better linkages with other transport modes. This is expected to have a positive impact on employment, congestion and sustainability.”

Construction phase

The grant aid will fund studies examining electrification, resignalling, provisions for new and upgraded stations and bridge replacement along the Kildare line, “preparing the way for the construction phase”.

The project that received the highest amount of funding by some distance in this round was the modernisation of the Pardubice railway junction near one of the largest railway stations in the Czech Republic.

“The €2.2 billion EU contribution to this crucial transport infrastructure will help kick-start the recovery, and we expect it to generate €5 billion in investments,” said transport commissioner Adina Valean.

“The type of projects we invest in ranges from inland waterways transport to multimodal connections, alternative fuels to massive railroad infrastructure,” she added.

The projects were selected for funding through two competitive calls for proposals launched last October.

Between 2014 and 2020 under the CEF beneficiaries in the Republic participated in 26 projects and received €107 million in co-funding.

Peter Hamilton

Peter Hamilton

Peter Hamilton is a contributor to The Irish Times specialising in business