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…

West on Track announce new freight initiative at Claremorris

Representatives of Iarnród Éireann, West on Track and the Irish Exporters Association gave evidence at the Joint Oireachtas Transport and Communications committee meeting on Wednesday, March 4th. Frank Dawson of West on Track stated that “the true potential of rail freight in Ireland is untapped” and noted that it would cost €25-30m to reinstate the railway…

Movement on Foynes and Velorail for Mayo

Vegetation clearance has begun on the Foynes branch. This is to enable Shannon Foynes Port Co. to undertake a detailed study of the condition of the line, so that a decision can be made whether to run freight trains on the branch. There is no guaranteed outcome to the study, but the signs are hopeful…