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South Western Suburban

Sometimes called the Kildare Suburban or Kildare Commuter line. Previously known as the Arrow service.

Stations served from West to East:
Kildare
Newbridge
Sallins & Naas
Hazelhatch & Celbridge
Adamstown
Clondalkin
Cherry Orchard/Park West
Dublin Heuston Station

This service is the newest Dublin DART/Commuter line. It was launched in 1994 as the Arrow service, shortly after the delivery of the then Arrow-branded Class 2600 railcars. Cherry Orchard, Clondalkin, Hazelhatch and Celbridge and Sallins and Naas stations were opened on the same day, although stations had previously existed on some of these sites. Newbridge station had previously been an InterCity station, though Commuter trains now mainly serve it. The stations on the line were at the time of launch all "Arrow" branded also, though this branding has now been removed. This line does not connect directly with the rest of the network, being operated out of Dublin Heuston, however it is connected by the Luas Red Line and Dublin Bus Route 90.

A station used only occasionally for "special" trains also exists at the Curragh. Plans currently exist to relocate the stations at Cherry Orchard (moving to Park West) and Clondalkin (moving to Fonthill Road). This work is part of the Kildare Route Project, which includes quadruple-tracking the line between Le Fanu Road (east of the present Cherry Orchard station) to just beyond Hazelhatch.

Transport 21 envisages electrification as far as Hazelhatch by 2015. Under CIÉ's Interconnector project, upon electrification of this line and opening of the Interconnector, the existing Kildare line service, as far as Hazelhatch & Celbridge would be replaced by one of two DART lines, running via the Interconnector from Hazelhatch to Balbriggan/Howth. The service would also be directly connected to the rest of the DART/Commuter network at Dublin Pearse.

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