All those interested in the Western Rail Corridor should have their say in an online survey on the future expansion of the line.
The survey, which takes about ten minutes to complete, is part of an independent review process into extending the Limerick to Athenry line to Tuam and Claremorris.
This is an important piece of infrastructure for the West and it is essential that people submit their views.
The deadline for taking part in the survey is July 17th so there is no time to waste. I would also urge individuals and stakeholders to make separate written submissions to the consultants EY-DKM, who are conducting the independent review.
People need to assess the benefits of improving commuter services along the route; the potential for opening up a new rail freight link along the Western Seaboard from Sligo connecting to the ports of Foynes, Galway, Cork and Waterford; tourism opportunities for the West; and the contribution that would be made towards reducing carbon emissions by reducing traffic on roads and the introduction of electrified trains.
It is also important to remember that passenger numbers on the existing line between Limerick and Athenry have grown considerably. According to Irish Rail, they are expected to exceed 400,000 journeys this year.
To take part in the survey, people can visit the link at .
Anyone wishing to make a written contribution to the independent review can do so at [email protected] .
EY-DKM is expected to submit the findings of its review to Irish Rail and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport by the end of September 2019.
The main purpose of the review is to assess the economic benefits and value for public money of extending the line to Tuam and Claremorris.
Phase one of the Western Rail Corridor extended the line from Ennis to Athenry. Phases two and three would extend to Tuam and Claremorris respectively and phase four would link Claremorris and Collooney in County Sligo.