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    • #705767
      GrahamH
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      I use Connolly Station every day, esp the DART platforms (6&7). They look pretty terrible at the best of times, but today, Tuesday 29th, in the lashing rain, just beat all. Every 3-4 metres, the guttering on the roof of the platform was cracked or completely broken, resulting in torrents of water pouring down onto the platform and passengers, and in many areas, the platform was flooded to the depth of several inches. The paving is filthy dirty, as is the ‘furniture’ of seats, bins and advertising hoardings. The structure itself is a ghastly steel frame painted in the DART colour of public toilet green, which was thrown together in the mid-eighties, complete with corrugated roof and slime covered glass panels, whilst the exquisite Victorian glass canopy with decorative cast iron frame and wooden facias across the track has been allowed to rot, and is given a further slap in the face with the presence of grotesque eighties paneling beneath it. The public lighting consists of a few murky orange fittings and floodlights, and flouresent tubes under the Victorian canopy. And this is Ireland’s national railway station, where people arrive from across the border. At least it prepares them for things to come, once they step outside the station into the city.

    • #721301
      urbanisto
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      I cant help but agree. IE boast that they have redeveloped this station to bring it up to modern standards but I find that hilarious! To add to the list above. The listed facade of the building is filthy and suffers from such basics as lack of paint on the railing, weeds growing out of the stonework and filthy windows.
      The new section of the station is a cardboard joke. Bizarre layout, hideous colours and devoid of any imagination. Tellingly, the new bar located in the undercroft has a vastly superior finish…which goes to prove the old Irish adage: major railway station – any old shite, yet another pub – only the best!! What a dreadful lack of respect.
      Compare Connolly Station to Gare du Nord in Paris or Union Station in New York – okay the scale and stature are vastly different, but both these stations are imbued with a sense of place.

    • #721302
      MG
      Participant

      The external platforms are in very poor condition. The fine Victorian architecture is poorly maintained in comparison to similar architecture in other railway stations in Ireland.

      I found this on the site here:

      http://www.archeire.com/buildings_ireland/dublin/northcity/amiens_street/connolly_platforms_dart_detail_lge.html

    • #721303
      GrahamH
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      I agree about exterior of the building, and about the new terminal, which is bland and lifeless, the egregious silver panelling being pawned off as being ‘modern’ or ‘contemporary’, rather than it just being the cheapest option. But also from a practical point of view, it fails miserably. There isn’t a single seat in the entire terminal where one can wait for arrivals, or while queueing for a train, other than taking up a table in the cafe. The toilet facilities are utterly impractical, badly designed, and inadequate to cater for up to 700 people alighting from the Enterprise service at peak times. And as for the platform in the 1840’s terminal, most people simply cannot walk upon it in wet conditions, as smooth glossy tiles were laid down in the ‘improvements’, that are lethal when wet. It is truly bizzare (and could only happen in Ireland) that a platform, a structure specifically designed and in existence for people to walk safely along the tracks, can do anything but allow people along them safely, in wet conditions. Most people have to walk upon the roadway that runs alongside the platform.

    • #721304
      Andrew Duffy
      Participant

      I had forgotten about those tiles. I found that the only way I could walk while wearing heavy steel toed boots was along the thin yellow stripe marking where you aren’t supposed to cross, since it has raised bumps for tactility (although this is about the only disabled-friendly feature of the station). I can’t imagine what it is like with leather soled shoes or high heels.

    • #721305
      Rory W
      Participant

      In leather soled shoes its a bloody nightmare – I nearly killed myself about 2 weeks ago on them. Not the sort of “night on the tiles” that I like.

      Surely there is a non stick coating that could be applied to them.

      In a wonderful bit of planning the tiles in the newer section (where the roof doesnt leak) is non slip, but in the section where it does leak are slippy. What genius comes up with these things

    • #721306
      urbanisto
      Participant

      I wonder how many people have complained about this to the station master. And I wonder how many comments they have had about the poor condition of the station in general…?
      Im going to write them a bloody letter now! Hands up who thinks I’ll get a satisfactory repsonse!

    • #721307
      shanahap
      Participant

      Just have a quick query about Connolly Station, does anyone remember or have any photos of the bar that used to be in Connolly station? Before the ramp was demolished and the place was done up for the Luas, there used to be a bar up a few steps where the current Olso bar is now. It had curved terrazzo steps up to it but apart from that, I don’t remember much about it. Any help would be appreciated.

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