Phoenix Park Tunnel

Phoenix Park Tunnel

Southern end of the tunnel
Other name(s) Tollán Pháirc na Fhionnuisce
Location Dublin, Ireland
Coordinates 53°20′51″N 6°18′12″W / 53.3474°N 6.3033°W / 53.3474; -6.3033Coordinates: 53°20′51″N 6°18′12″W / 53.3474°N 6.3033°W / 53.3474; -6.3033
Route Heuston Station to Dublin-Sligo railway line
Start Dublin Heuston railway station
End Dublin-Sligo railway line
Opened 1877
Owner Iarnród Éireann
Operator Iarnród Éireann
Character Through-rail passenger and freight.
Line length 690 metres (2,300 ft)
No. of tracks Double track
Track gauge Irish gauge
Electrified Not electrified
Operating speed 60 kilometres per hour (37 mph)

The Phoenix Park Tunnel is a railway tunnel in Dublin, Ireland. The tunnel was built in 1877 and begins at the Liffey Railway Bridge near Heuston Station, running underneath the Phoenix Park for 690 metres before re-emerging close to the junction of the Cabra Road and Navan Road.[1] It joins with the Sligo line near Glasnevin, before continuing to Dublin Connolly.

The tunnel was originally built by the Great Southern and Western Railway company to connect Kingsbridge station to the Dublin docklands,[2] and primarily used for freight. Historically the line had not been used for regular passenger trains, with most traffic through the tunnel being freight or carriages and engines shunted between Connolly and Heuston for maintenance. It had occasionally been used for special passenger services, including traffic for major Gaelic Athletic Association fixtures.[3]

It reopened on 21 November 2016 for regular passenger traffic.[4]


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