A new commuter rail station to serve the massive housing development at Adamstown in Dublin is officially opened.
Described as one of the best planned towns in Ireland, the station at Adamstown in west Dublin was funded entirely by the developers. The nearest houses to the station are half a mile away and the park and ride site has spaces for 300 cars. While this is good news for the current 200 residents of Adamstown it is expected that by 2020 a population of 25,000 people will be living in 10,000 homes.
Paul Hogan from South Dublin County Council explains the phased approach to the infrastructure in Adamstown. Jude Byrne of Castlethorn Construction says not only has the train station opened ahead of schedule, but the area also has a public park and the first school will be open for the start of the academic year in September.
Five morning trains travel daily to Heuston Station and John Lynch Chairman of Iarnrod Eireann says with the completion of more tracks, by 2009 there could be a commuter service running every 10 minutes.
Adamstown resident Phyllis O'Reilly is delighted with the improvements to the area which include a shopping centre and a playground for the children. Other residents are happy the station will make travelling into the city easier.
The development at Adamstown is being claimed as a model for the future.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 April 2007. The reporter is Jonathan Clynch.