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Carthy hails success of Western Rail Corridor

14 October, 2016 - by Matt Carthy MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said a new report is “proof positive” of the success of the Western Rail Corridor and urged the Government to “fast track” what he says is a key infrastructural project for the West.

A new report by Cicero Communications has found that the new Athenry to Ennis section of the Western Rail Corridor carried 102,000 passengers in 2015, more than double the numbers carried in 2014, exceeding Iarnrod Eireann forecasts.

Overall, the Galway -Limerick route carried more than 300,000 passengers in 2015.

Matt Carthy said:

“It is clear that passenger numbers on the Galway-Limerick route are growing faster rate than on any other route in the state.

“The figures compare very favourably with primary routes such as the Dublin–Belfast Enterprise service.

"I believe the Western Rail Corridor is a key element of infrastructure for the West of Ireland.

“The latest report is proof positive of the success of Galway-Limerick rail service.

“However, I believe the full potential of this service will only be realised and can only be judged on the completion of the project and it is vital for the West and for the country's overall transport infrastructure that the Government fast tracks this development.”

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