Re-Opening of Rail Services – Limerick/Galway – Heralds a New Era for Transport in County Clare – BREEN

April 1st, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen welcoming the return of rail services on the Limerick to Galway Railway Line said today (Thursday) that the return of services on this line after an absence of 30 years “heralds a new era for transport in County Clare“, adding that in order to capitalise upon the benefits of this service that an “integrated Marketing Strategy must be put in place and investment made in new technologies to deliver an integrated ticketing system across our entire transport network.”

“The return of rail services on the Limerick to Galway after an absence of thirty years, heralds a new era for transport in this Region. The addition of a rail stop in Sixmilebridge is a welcome boost for the Town, which has developed significantly in recent years and of course, with Shannon Airport on its doorstep it opens up the potential to develop feeder bus services from Sixmilebridge to Shannon Airport. Shannon Airport is the main engine for growth in the Region and improving access to and from the Airport is pivotal to its future growth”.

“I would also hope that this service can be expanded further and that a train stop at Crusheen will come on track as soon as possible.”

“In order to promote and develop services on this line and to maximise the potential that the provision of this service now presents for the Tourism and Economic development of this County, it is crucial that an integrated marketing strategy is put in place”

“Investment must also be made in new technologies to develop an integrated ticketing system right across our transport network. It would make sense for tourists travelling from Limerick to Shannon or vice versa to be able to purchase a ticket travel onwards to and from the Airport on a bus or train.”

“Finally, in order to sustain consumer confidence in the rail service, the flooding problems at Ballycar, Newmarket on Fergus which has disrupted the service on a number of occasions must be resolved permanently.”

“For too long our railways, became part of our history, rail services are an integral part of our infrastructure, a lot of people enjoy travelling by train and the return of services along this line is very welcome and I would encourage people to support these services.”