TRAINS are pulling into a new €10m railway station in west Dublin but the thousands of commuters are still down the tracks.
The privately-funded Adamstown train station has opened its doors years ahead of the completion of the housing development. The planned community in the strategic development zone near Dublin's Lucan will be home to 30,000 residents and 10,000 houses.
However, as the Taoiseach launched the new station yesterday only 1,300 homes were approved for planning, 900 were under construction and 160 were occupied. Mr Ahern called the opening of the commuting hub a "milestone" for the development of planned urban community of Adamstown.
Transport Minister Martin Cullen said the integrated development approach had ensured the public infrastructure was in place before the residents moved in, giving "great confidence to the development".
Cllr Eamon Tuffy, the deputy mayor of South Dublin County Council, said after the land was zoned for development in 1999 people had been nervous it would follow Lucan's growth pattern, with a lack of schools and transport initiatives.