Two of Dublin’s main train stations will be closed this weekend.
There will be no trains in and out of Pearse Street and Tara Street stations as Iarnród Éireann continues work on the restoration of the Pearse Station roof.
The train service said the restoration of the roof, which dates from the 1800s, is a “crucial safety project.”
It said protective mesh netting has been in place just below the roof for the past number of years to protect customers and rail services.
This Saturday & Sunday, 12th & 13th January, Pearse Station roof works taking place, meaning:
â—ï¸DART suspended between Connolly & Grand Canal Dock
â—ï¸Pearse & Tara St Stations closed
â—ï¸Bus transfers between Connolly & Bray for Dublin/Rosslare
— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) January 8, 2019
The works have been underway since last September – and Pearse Street will have to close for up to 13 weeks over the next two years as they continue.
There had been calls for Iarnród Éireann to publish all the remaining dates as soon as possible, however spokesperson Barry Kenny said that may not be possible.
He said commuters will be given six to seven weeks advance notice.
“The next weekend will be the 23rd and 24th of February,” he said.
“Those dates will be giving them about six to seven weeks in advance in each instance.
“We do have to allow for any impacts the weather effects might have on the ongoing works during the time – but also of course, there are always events on in Dublin so we have to weave our way around those.”
Alternative transfers will be put in place while the works are ongoing.
DART services will only operate between Howth/Malahide and Connolly and between Grand Canal Dock and Greystones over the weekend.
There will be bus transfers between Connolly and Bray for passengers on the Dublin Connolly/Rosslare Europort service.
You can find full details of the service arrangements here.
The roof is not a protected structure – however Iarnród Éireann has “specified that the external appearance and character of the structure should be maintained.”
The project will cost €17 million and is funded by the National Transport Authority.