Varadkar opens new Pearse Street entrance

Minister Leo Varadkar with (l. to r.): Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity College Dublin, and David Franks, CEO of Iarnrod Eireann.

New entrance gives access to Trinity bio sciences building

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar was at Pearse Station today to officially open the new entrance to the station, which brings customers directly from the station through the Trinity Bio Sciences Building and directly onto Pearse Street.

The new entrance and upgrading of the station was funded by the National Transport Authority and has many customer benefits including:

  • The upgrade of the station has improved the visual appearance of the station.
  • Provided new lifts and escalators.
  • Provided a second entrance directly into the Trinity Bio Sciences Building and access onto Pearse Street.
  • The upgrade has made provision for more commercial units within the station.
  • Provision of 11 new ticket validation gates & 4 new ticket vending machines.
  • Provision of Bicycle parking facilities for 20 bikes on northbound platform.
  • Full station compliance for persons with reduced mobility.

Minister Varadkar speaking at the opening.

Speaking at the opening Minister Varadkar said: “This is an important project for passengers as Pearse Street is Iarnród Éireann’s busiest commuter station. As we can see today the results are impressive. This is a good example of how the Government is prioritising public transport, by allocating the limited resources available to the State for projects which will encourage more people to take the sustainable option.”

Construction commenced in May 2011 and was substantially complete in July 2012. The project on average employed 50 contract and project management staff for the duration of the project and in total provided employment for 120 contractors throughout the project.

Minister Leo Varadkar with (l. to r.): Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity College Dublin, and David Franks, CEO of Iarnrod Eireann.

Pearse Station is Iarnród Éireann’s busiest commuter station with 7 million passenger journeys through the station in 2012 the station serves DART, Maynooth and Northern Commuter services as well as Rosslare Intercity services.