Dublin railway station opens after three-year delay

Saturday 29 June 2013 00.06
The first train stopped at Dublin's Hansfield Station after a three-year delay
The first train stopped at Dublin's Hansfield Station after a three-year delay

Commuters have been able to board a train for the first time at a Dublin railway station that was completed three years ago.

Hansfield Station near Blanchardstown, which cost €10m to build, was due to be up and running in 2010.

But a road allowing access to the state-of-the-art station on the Dunboyne railway line was not built at the time, meaning it could not open.

There have been numerous campaigns by local residents, who claim they bought homes at the height of the property boom with the promise of a train station on their doorstep.

After a number of failed start dates, the road was completed this year by Iarnród Éireann at a cost of €1m.

The first train stopped at the station just before 7am yesterday morning.

There were fewer passengers than trains however for the first three services, with only a handful boarding.

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