West on Track – Spring 2004

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The campaign to open the Western Rail Corridor from Sligo to Limerick via Athenry continues to gain momentum.

Minister for Transport, Seamus Brennan T.D. recently made a day long visit to the line north of Athenry ending in Tuam where he addressed a large number of campaigners for the reopening including some from Athenry.

While the minister made no commitment to reopening the railway, which was a disappointment to many there, he did leave the door open by announcing a study group with West-On-Track representatives to look into various aspects of the project. These includes passenger numbers, capital costing to bring the line up to standards and projected operating costs if the service got up and running.

There was confidence among the committee of West-On-Track that all these facts would be justified and the feeling is that it may be a matter of time before the line re-opens. The first phase of any restart would be between Athenry and Tuam linking north Galway with mainline rail to both Dublin and Galway.

The IDA announcement for 400 acres of an Industrial Park between Athenry and Oranmore gives great impetus to all transport plans for Co. Galway, and as the sites suggested are bordered by the railway it has been incorporated into the plan. As a result, any development would almost certainly be served by some sort of a commuter service.

Overall, the campaign continues with support from Athenry based at the ADC Office,  Michael Gardner, Gerry Ahern, Des Glynn and Peter Feeney.

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About this record

Written by Peter Feeney

Published here 22 Dec 2023 and originally published Spring 2004

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