Good news: the work commute just got faster! Park West commuters can now cross the city in 20 minutes, thanks to the Phoenix Park Tunnel, which connects the hi-tech west Dublin business park with the Docklands business district.
Previously, train passengers making the 8km trip into the city from Park West had to disembark at Heuston Station and reach to their final destination using the Luas, DART, bus or bike.
However, after a €13.7 million upgrade, the 139-year-old tunnel reopened in late 2016, with stations north and south of the river Liffey once again linked by 719 metres of track running under the Phoenix Park.
Now, people can step onto a train at Park West and be whisked straight into the city centre. The route serves stations at Drumcondra, Connolly Station, Tara Street, Pearse Street and terminates at Grand Canal Docks, where a number of other hi-tech companies such as Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are located.
The reaction from commuters has been enthusiastic: “On time and straight into Connolly in just 20 minutes – it’s the business!” says one. “No more traffic, thank you Irish Rail!” adds another. But it’s not just commuters who are benefitting from the new service. “It’s pretty good for us residents in Park West too,” a satisfied passenger tells us.
Trains on the new service are scheduled every 20 minutes at peak times. Iarnród Éireann and the National Transport Authority plan to expand to include off-peak and weekend services, which is also good news for residents of the Park West Pointe apartment complex.
The new rail link expands the transport options available to Park West’s estimated 5,389 workers, and the almost 2,000 daily visitors to the park.
At the moment, 63% of people drive to Park West and it remains the most popular mode of transport – not surprising given Park West’s proximity to the M50. However, the business park also boasts increasingly impressive public transport links.
The Luas red line is just a shuttle bus ride away at Kylemore; and the 79A and 151 Dublin Bus routes run regularly between the city centre and the Park West campus.
“Now with a direct rail route right into the heart of the city, Park West is undoubtedly one of the most accessible business parks in Dublin,” says John Doherty of Park West.
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