Heuston Station in Dublin has been given a major overhaul and is due to open in just over a week.
The station will close completely for nearly two full days to facilitate the changes which include a computerised signalling system. The refurbishments include three new platforms which are almost a quarter of a kilometre long and are designed to be able to deal with any increase in passenger numbers in the foreseeable future. The next phase involves remodelling the track approaching the station. The total cost of the redevelopment is €170 million.
Barry Kenny of Iarnrod Éireann says that the work will remove the bottleneck just outside Heuston Station which causes delays. Passengers also welcome any changes which help improve services at the station.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 August 2002. The reporter is Anne Marie Smyth.