TYPSA to develop DART network’s Kildare Line expansion

Dublin, Ireland: July 2020
TYPSA, with joint venture (JV) partners ATKINS and TUC RAIL, and supported by RPS, has been appointed by Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail to provide multi-disciplinary services for the 20 km expansion of the DART network’s Kildare Line.

The upgrade forms part of the DART Expansion Programme, which aims to improve train frequency and increase customer capacity for Dublin and the surrounding metropolitan area. The JV will develop the project from concept through to Railway Order stage, providing multi-disciplinary consultancy services including project management, preliminary design of the 20 km line upgrade, a thorough public consultation process and preparation of the Railway Order.

For the Kildare Line, the upgrade will include:

  • Widening the railway from two to four tracks from Park West Station to Heuston and associated structural works to bridges supporting the track.
  • Electrification and re-signalling from Hazelhatch to Heuston and through the Phoenix Park Tunnel to Glasnevin junction.
  • Realignment works to accommodate segregation of DART and Intercity services.

TYPSA will deliver the Project Management, Design Management services, as well as the design services for some of the most relevant railway disciplines involved.

Jim Meade, Chief Executive of Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail), said: “The DART Expansion project will ensure the communities we serve – both on the Kildare line and nationally – will gain from better rail services and a more sustainable future.”

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