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…

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…