IRISH Minister for Transport Martin Cullen announced on March 9 the start of work for a new station which will serve Dublin's Docklands area.

The island platform station will be served by Maynooth - Dublin commuter services from 2007, providing an alternative terminus to relieve Connolly station. Passengers will have access to trams on a planned extension to the Luas Red Line, and the station will be adjacent to the proposed Interconnector tunnel (RG 5.05 p275).

The Docklands scheme is part of a €28m package of rail improvements in the city, which include resignalling to raise capacity from 12 to 20 trains per hour through central Dublin by 2009.