Future NI rail developments

The NI Government’s recently published Railway Investment Strategy attracted a lot of publicity due to the inclusion of potential extensions to the NI Railways network. More of those later. What got my attention was the less publicised parts of the strategy. These areas address many of the issues with the railway as it currently operates…

Connolly signalling improvements flagged up in NTA plan

The National Transport Authority’s Integrated Implementation Plan published yesterday provides for the long-awaited improvements to the rail traffic bottleneck at Connolly Station. Getting these improvements in place allows for scheduled passenger trains to travel through the Phoenix Park tunnel outside of Heuston Station direct to Connolly. The Phoenix Park tunnel, which despite some media reports has…

Greenway campaigners successfully block Busway on route

After the Ulster Transport Authority closed the former Belfast & County Down Railway mainline from Belfast to Newcastle via Comber in 1950, the old double trackbed from Belfast to Comber was left in place by the Northern Ireland government. Unlike many other closed railways the line ran through mostly urban and suburban areas, so rather…

Varakar supportive of Foynes rail freight

In response to a question from Deputy Patrick O’Donovan ( FG, Limerick) Transport minister Leo Varadkar stated in the Dáil that: “I see the potential for enormous growth in Shannon Foynes in the coming years. It is a deep-water and bulk port, meaning it can carry much cargo. However, it will need the existing road…

Railfreight from Foynes again

Foynes in Co. Limerick is one of Ireland’s busiest seaports and handles 10 million tonnes of cargo every year. That number is rising and at present all traffic in and out of Foynes is by road. Growth of the port requires enhanced transport links, so as part of their master plan up to 2041, the…