The ‘ghost’ station is set to finally open to Kildare passengers next year

An unused station on the Kildare/Dublin border built almost 13 years ago will require a €3.8 million renovation before it can be opened to the public, according to Iarnród Éireann.

Kishoge station, located between the N7 and Lucan, cost more than €6 million in 2009, reports RTE.

The facility was built in expectation of significant development in the area which later did not materialize due to property collapse.

Iarnród Éireann’s spokeswoman, Jane Cregan, told RTÉ that it is now expected to be refurbished and ready to open in the third quarter of 2023.

Ms Cregan said: “This station was built on the assumption that there would be significant development in this area.

“That didn’t happen, unfortunately, due to the economic climate. So for long years there was no access to the station.

“We had a problem because we don’t own the land around the station, so we had to get a license agreement to access it and park our cars there.

The station was ready to open in 2019 but there was another delay due to the pandemic.

Ms Cregan said significant work is now needed to bring it up to modern standards.

Iarnród Éireann said it also needed repairs related to wear and tear, extensive damage from vandalism and degradation that has occurred over time.

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James H. Wright