A new rail freight service between Ballina and Waterford has the potential to remove over 5,000 truck movements from Irish roads every year.
That's according to Iarnród Éireann, which is working with XPO Logistics to introduce the twice-weekly service by the end of June.
It says it will offer Irish industry a greener, more efficient mode of transporting freight between the West and South-East of the country.
The service will also alleviate road congestion and result in a 75 per cent reduction in emissions per unit.
Barry Kenny from Iarnród Éireann believes this new service will be attractive to businesses concerned about their impact on the environment: