IARNROD Eireann is to press ahead with plans to build a €100m skyscraper to incorporate a new train station in the middle of Dublin, despite the economic downturn, writes Paul Melia.
And it says it is confident of finding a development partner to build a 10-storey, 60-metre-high office development at Tara Street, pictured right in this architect's illustration.
The rail company will apply this month for planning permission to build a €100m office block and new train station which will allow up to 14,500 passengers an hour to access the DART and other rail services.
One of the busiest stations on the network, Tara Street handles 25,000 passengers a day, or 20pc of all people using the network.
DART and commuter services will increase from 12 services per hour each way to 20 after the city centre resignalling project is completed.
The station will remain open during the construction period.