Off the rails: Plan to upgrade Bray to Greystones Dart to cost an extra €600m
The plan to upgrade the Dart, including improving the line between Bray and Greystones, is set to cost €600m more than expected.
The works, which are due to be completed by 2027, were originally estimated to cost €2bn under the National Development Plan.
However, according to reports in the Irish Times, Irish Rail now believes that the total cost will be more than €2.6bn.
One of the main concerns is the cost of expanding the frequency of rail services between Bray and Greystones as the engineering work needed to re-enforce the line, which runs along the side of Bray Head, will be extensive.
The expansion programme will also see the electrified rail services expanded from Drogheda, Maynooth and Celbridge to the city centre as well as upgraded signalling systems and junctions.