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100m Dublin rail hub gets go-ahead

The construction of a £87M high capacity railway station in Dublin city centre by Austin Smith Lord (ASL) has been approved by planning officials.

Liverpool-based ASL has secured planning approval for the 20,990m2 site in the Irish capital which, when completed, will boost the rail hub’s passenger capacity from 25,000 a day to 14,500 per hour during peak times.

The plans are sympathetic towards the historic features of the existing concourse, ensuring that the 19th century railway arches and platform walls that have welcomed millions of commuters, tourists and business users to the city over the years will remain a key feature of the new development.

The Irish planning authority has given the green light to strategic infrastructure plans for the new project which include a 12-storey office and a new concourse above Tara Street.

Richard Cronin, a director at ASL, which has overseen similar projects at Manchester’s Oxford Road station and Liverpool Lime Street, said the new station “will be a striking addition to the city’s skyline but one that will sit comfortably alongside the existing structures.”

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