Iarnród Éireann needs to provide more frequent commuter services into Galway, on both the Athlone and Limerick lines – as well as examining the feasibility of building a rapid link in the city itself.
That’s according to Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív, who wants the state company to cost a rapid link from Ceannt station to NUIG and UHG.
He also wants to test the feasibility of constructing a station at Ballyloughane/Renmore, GMIT and the industrial estates of Parkmore and Ballybritt.
The former Minister said that there had been a rapid growth in the number of passengers travelling to Galway from Athenry since the introduction of Limerick rail services – but there was still not a proper commuter policy for the rail line into Galway.
“The evidence is clear to see – since the introduction of the Limerick services through Athenry, the number of passengers opting to take the train has increased substantially. We should be building on this progress and all it would take is a small number of simple changes,” he said.
“At the moment, the maximum frequency of trains in any one direction is 40 minutes apart, because the line from Galway to Athenry is a single line with no passing loop.
“If a loop was constructed, which I believe would cost in the region of €10m, it would increase the frequency to 20 minutes from Athenry to Galway,” he added.
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