Western Rail Corridor

  • Iarnród Eireann has invited members of the public and interested organisations to participate in a public consultation as part of a financial and economic appraisal of proposals to extend the Western Rail Corridor.

    The purpose of the appraisal is to establish if the proposed extension from Athenry to Tuam and from Tuam to Claremorris represents value for money to the Irish public.

    People will have the opportunity to fill out an online survey as part of the public consultation process which will remain open for six weeks until July 17th.

  • The impact of a hard Brexit, together with the intention of the EU to further tax, high carbon economies, means that the case for the Irish government to fund the next phase of the Western Rail Corridor from Athenry to Claremorris has never been stronger. That’s the view of Charlestown based Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Murray.

    The councillor says there is now funding on the table from the EU and its up to a Dublin based government to secure it to deliver an essential rail freight service to and from the west of Ireland. It’s the intention of Europe to tax road freight off the roads generally and onto the railways in an effort to promote a low carbon economy, Gerry Murray insists.

    The Councillor has been speaking to Midwest Radio News about the need for action now on the delivery of essential infrastructure to this region.