Train to run again between Athenry and Limerick….

Hi all,

I heard on the news that they are very close to reopen the Western Rail Corridor!
They were all set to reopen it in January, but due to the bad weather, flooding and frost, it had to be postphoned..
I think it will be a great addition to the public transport system , as it will enable people to commute from the Galway hinterland to Limerick and Ennis..
We drive past the the railway station on a daily basis, and my kids can’t wait to go on the train!

Here is the official information.:)

Limerick to Galway line: full services commence 30th March 2010 by Corporate Communications
Iarnród Éireann has announced that rail services between Limerick and Galway are set to commence next month.
The €106.5 million new route will be officially launched on 29th March 2010, following the completion of the rebuilding of the Ennis to Athenry line, and the receding of recent flooding between Limerick and Ennis, and full schedules will operate from 30th March.
Major infrastructure works were completed towards the end of last year, and driver training is well underway.
OVERVIEW OF PROJECT
After a gap of over 30 years since the last scheduled services on the line, the Ennis to Athenry renewal will:
– Deliver direct Galway to Limerick services, timed to meet commuter needs
– Serve Limerick, Ennis, Athenry and Galway; and new stations at Sixmilebridge, Gort, Ardrahan, Craughwell
– Expand commuter links to Limerick and Galway
– Promote balanced regional development, in line with National Spatial Strategy objectives, by linking two Gateways – Limerick and Galway – and serving the hub of Ennis

The investment project delivered by Iarnród Éireann involves:
– renewal of 36 miles of track, including all necessary fencing and drainage and installation of points and crossings at Gort and Ennis.
– a 90m platform with furniture, signage, shelter, Automatic Ticket Vending Machine, lighting, car park, PA, Customer Information Systems, help point and CCTV provision at Sixmilebridge, Gort, Ardrahan and Craughwell. These stations will also be accessible to the mobility impaired
– At Ennis and Athenry stations, PA, Customer Information Systems, help point and CCTV has been provided
– Repair and improvement work has been undertaken on bridges on the route to allow rail services to operate
– modernised signalling systems
– improvement to level crossings, and elimination where practicable
The service will commence with five services each way daily (Monday to Saturday), and four services each way on Sundays.

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