Dublin West TD and Minister for Social Protection has asked Irish Rail and the National Transport Authority to consider running more train services between Meath, west Dublin and Kildare to link up with the new Luas line at Broombridge.
The new Luas Cross City service which opens later this year provides a direct Luas link to the city centre and beyond, from its terminal at Broombridge.
Minister Varadkar has suggested that more connections could be provided on the Maynooth line to connect Meath, west Dublin and north Kildare residents with the new Luas service to the city centre.
He made the suggestion to the chief executives of Irish Rail and the National Transport Authority.
“I am very excited about the new Luas services which will run regularly from Broombridge to Dundrum, serving the city centre and several other points in between, including the new DIT campus at Grangegorman.
“The new Luas line connects with the Maynooth line at Broombridge and opens up new options for travel into the city centre for hundreds of thousands of people living in Meath, North Kildare, and the west Dublin areas of Ashtown, Castleknock, and Clonsilla.
“In order to make best use of this new connection, I believe we will need to increase the frequency of services to Broombridge. I am aware of the congestion constraints at Connolly and also the option of running services into the Docklands instead.
“I would be interested to know what plans Irish Rail and the NTA have in in place to increase frequencies on this line in time for the new service.”