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M3 Parkway is a Park and Ride railway station in County Meath beside Dunboyne and the M3 Motorway (Pace Interchange Junction 5).

M3 Parkway

Ollpháirc M3
Iarnród Éireann
M3 Parkway railway station - 2014-05-15.jpg
LocationBennetstown, Dunboyne, County Meath, A86 DK28
Republic of Ireland
Coordinates53°26′9″N 6°28′17″W / 53.43583°N 6.47139°W / 53.43583; -6.47139Coordinates: 53°26′9″N 6°28′17″W / 53.43583°N 6.47139°W / 53.43583; -6.47139
Owned byIarnród Éireann
Operated byIarnród Éireann
Platforms2
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Other information
Station codeM3WAY
Fare zoneSuburban 3
Key dates
3 September 2010Station opened

It is the terminus station on the Docklands to M3 Parkway Western Commuter service (during peak times Monday to Friday) and Clonsilla to M3 Parkway shuttle Commuter service at all other times.

It mainly serves as a large Park and Ride site, with 1,200 free car park spaces.[1].

The station is no longer served by any bus routes. This is a major drawback for commuters in its catchment area.

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HistoryEdit

In 2005, the Irish Government announced that, as part of its Transport 21 plan, the line between Clonsilla and Navan would be reopened for passenger trains in two stages. This line had closed in 1963.[2] Phase 1 of this project from Clonsilla to M3 Parkway, the terminus until Phase 2 opens to Navan.

M3 Parkway opened on 3 September 2010, as part of phase one of the Navan rail line reopening.[3]

ServicesEdit

Peak Times Monday to Friday : Passengers can travel directly between M3 Parkway and Dunboyne, Hansfield, Clonsilla, Coolmine, Castleknock, Navan Road Parkway, Ashtown, Broombridge, and Docklands.

All other times including all day Saturday and Sunday : Passengers can travel directly between M3 Parkway and Dunboyne, Hansfield, and Clonsilla but need to transfer at Clonsilla for services to Maynooth or Dublin city centre in order to travel to any other stations.

Passengers also transfer at Clonsilla:

(1) To travel to Maynooth and both Leixlip stations. Transfer at Maynooth for InterCity services to Sligo (2) To travel to Drumcondra. Only Maynooth to Dublin services serve Drumcondra.

The station is no longer served by any buses, making a mockery of claims that it would allow usable onward bus connections to the rail service.[4]

Station nameEdit

There was uncertainty over the station's name, as it variously appears as Pace M3, M3 Park and Ride, and Pace (M3 Park and Ride). Unlike the preceding Dunboyne station, there was no previous station at this location. Since the Summer of 2010, signs in the station display the current name M3 Parkway.


Western Commuter
 
 
Longford
 
Edgeworthstown
 
Mullingar
 
Enfield
 
Kilcock
 
Maynooth
 
Leixlip Louisa Bridge
 
Leixlip Confey
   
M3 Parkway
   
Dunboyne
   
Hansfield (serves Ongar)
   
 
Clonsilla
 
Porterstown
DM (future)
 
Coolmine
 
Castleknock
 
Navan Road Parkway
 
Ashtown
 
Pelletstown
(future)
 
Broombridge
   
 
Glasnevin
DM (future)
 
 
   
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Drumcondra
     
Docklands
(  Spencer Dock)
 
 
   
 
 
 
Dublin Connolly  
     
Luas Red Line
to Dublin Heuston and Tallaght/Saggart
     
 
Tara Street
 
Dublin Pearse

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Preceding station     Iarnród Éireann   Following station
Dunboyne   Commuter
Western Commuter
(Dunboyne Branch)
  Terminus
  Future  
Dunboyne   Commuter
Western Commuter
(Navan Branch)
  Dunshaughlin
  DART
(Dunboyne Branch)
  Terminus