BREEN welcomes news that Rail Services on the Limerick-Galway line are set to be launched on the 29th March 2010.

February 8th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has today warmly welcomed the news that Rail Services on the Limerick-Galway Line will be launched on the 29th March 2010.

“This is very welcome news it will be a great boost to Clare and to Shannon Airport. Services on the Ennis to Limerick commuter line have proved a major success and the opening up of services to Athenry will now mean that passenger will be able to travel from Limerick to Galway bridging a 30 year gap in services on this line.”

“The Railway line linking Limerick and Ennis opened in 1858 and the town of Sixmilebridge has a proud history and connection with the Rail Service that is why I am delighted to see that the town is to be reconnected with the Railway with a commuter stop to open in Sixmilebridge. Of course, the opening of this stop in Sixmilebridge also opens up greater access to Shannon International Airport and I hope that bus services will now link the Sixmilebridge Train Stop to the Airport, there by extending the Airports catchment area.”

“I am disappointed that a commuter stop in Crusheen is not included in Phase 1 of the extension of the Western Rail Corridor and I will be continuing to campaign for a train stop in Crusheen, where there is huge potential for a stop and demand for the service.”

“While the extension of services on the Ennis to Galway/Limerick Lines is very welcome, it is very important however, that in order to sustain consumer confidence in the rail service, that the flooding problems at Ballycar in Newmarket on Fergus is resolved permanently. Interruptions to services on the Ennis to Limerick Line must be avoided and in my view the only way to permanently address this matter is to adopt an Inter-Agency Coordinated Approach, including Iarnrod Eireann, OPW, Clare County Council and the Department of Transport and Marine.”