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Join Date: Jan 2006
Ballina-Cork via Athlone, Athenry and Linerick "works", but there are 2 reversals/runarounds necessary (Athlone and Limerick). Via Athlone and Portarlington there is only one reversal (at Port). Both routes involve single lines which are congested in daytime (Limerick to L Junction and Athlone to Portarlington).
The route via Limerick may also have a problem with some short passing loops, as freight trains would have at least 18 40-foot container flats. The main Dublin-Cork route is not congested south of Portlaoise: again one might need somewhat longer loops for freight trains being overtaken at Portlaoise, Ballybrophy, Thurles and Charleville. These would not be really major works: problably not much more than the cost of a printer in Leinster House for each loop.
Join Date: Aug 2017
Very informative I had thought that Dub -Cork was congested the whole way. The real success for freight would be like in Europe where many movements would take place during off peak times and at night. It seems expensive maintaining railways if they are not used as often as possible.
I have seen very long freight trains moving quite slowly at night in Italy and Switzerland where the train takes an age to pass the gate crossing.
Having so much container traffic heading into Dublin port in the centre of the city seems a waste when there are other ports that are not as congested and are rail connected like Belview and Cork and maybe in the future Foynes.
Western rail corridor is a future option not just for passenger traffic but could be a game changer in terms of contributing to carbon reduction
Join Date: Aug 2017
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Naysayers and economists resisted the reopening of the Limerick-Athenry railway line yet the public persisted and demanded a service that was obviously necessary. The growth has been real. The same will apply to reopening the remainder of the line to Sligo, reconnecting hidden parts of the west and running a railway adjacent to the Atlantic corridor. Connect cities in the west and create a north south route to reinforce the Cork Dublin route and link the west to Waterford and Rosslare port by rail.
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