Translink: warning on major service cuts

The Irish Railway Developments blog have been forwarded a Translink Briefing paper on imminent funding cuts. These cuts will have a significant impact on Translink’s ability to deliver rail and road services in Northern Ireland. Already Translink have the lowest subsidy of any transport operator in the UK. These cuts will result in the biggest…

The Atlantic Economic Corridor is more than just a Motorway

The Draft National Planning Framework highlights the strategic importance of the proposed Atlantic Economic Corridor for the West of Ireland but the document only speaks of the AEC as a motorway link. The motorway is only one component of the proposed Atlantic Economic Corridor which has the potential to completely transform how we do business…

The NTA Journey Planner is a complete mess

Have you ever tried to plan a journey using the NTA’s Journey Planner? Chances are you’ll be sent on your journey by bus even if there is a faster rail alternative. In this example the NTA Journey Planner is asked to plan a journey from Dublin to Belfast. Most options presented involved taking buses but…

Atlantic Economic Corridor Edging Closer

 Significant change may soon be on its way to the West following confirmation by the Minister for Regional Economic Development, Minister Michael Ring TD, that the process of bringing a major plan together for an Atlantic Economic Corridor was well underway and that he hoped to be in a position to announce details of the…

NTA Determined to Scupper any Heavy Rail to Dublin Airport

The National Transport Authority published their final Greater Dublin Area Transport Strategy last week. It promises much in terms of Metro and Tram development and promises a revised DART Underground link, however there are key omissions, even after the extensive consultation period, notably; There will be no Heavy Rail link to Dublin Airport The Navan…

Dublin Airport – have the NTA missed an opportunity?

The decision by the National Transport Authority (NTA) not to propose a heavy rail link to Dublin Airport in their Draft Greater Dublin Area Transport Strategy is concerning, not least because the NTA seem to see the transport issues for the Airport entirely in the context of providing transport solutions for the North Dublin area…

Line clearance on Foynes branch well underway

Hassard Stacpoole reports in the Facebook group Irish Trains Past & Present that line clearance is well underway on the Foynes branch. This is to enable a line survey, partly funded by the Shannon Foynes Port Company, to be undertaken to assess the best way to reopen the line for freight. Pictures are by kind…