As long as the spoofers get reelected, nothing needs to happen.
Have a read.... make your own opinions up readers don't listen to the noise, the west of the country needs a full north-south rail link.
I think I preferred it when I was banned from here.
You have a point. Get the people off the sligo-Galway flights and on to trains, it's a whole market that has been overlooked.
Makes a lot more sense than building hospitals.
Right -- that's enough... back on topic.
The quality around here on both sides need to improve:
Maybe a better counter argument from yourself might not go a miss? ie explaining why the article linked to is a realistic prospect for the west coast, its villages and towns and its airports.
The west of the country needs , first of all, improved rail links with the east.
The Irish Railway Developments blog has published a good companion piece to this post.
The heavy guns are in now!
Irish Railway Developments will certainly have lots of influence on rail policy in Ireland, although it might involve signing their articles.
"Re-engineer Ireland" = Trumpism.
Back to reality - with David Franks, a "railwayman", heading out the CEO door at Irish Rail, would a new broom be lined up for a clean sweep and a quick exit?
Okay here's a dose of what "muckyboots" calls Trumpism. I'm hoping we can have a serious debate on the points raised.
And some more on airport connections:
I guess we all await the outcome of the rail review with more than a passing interest. If the Government is going to do some joined up thinking then it makes more sense for the rail review to await the final National Planning Framework document. It is more than likely that we will see a heavily revised NPF document that will recognise the significance of regional railway lines and to make more of an effort to use railways as well as motorways. In that light I would expect to see the final NPF document followed by the Rail Review to be published.
What implications does this have for the Western Rail Corridor north of Athenry?
In my opinion, it's absolutely clear that the M17 motorway has not solved the issue of Tuam to Galway traffic. That particular issue will be relieved somewhat by adding a bus lane to the N17 but bus lanes will not encourage significant modal shift from cars.
In my view the following needs to happen;
The main railway line from Athenry to Galway should be doubled to allow more trains to occupy the lines. In addition a direct commuter service from Tuam via Athenry to Galway should be established. More stations should be built, particularly from Oranmore to Galway City at Merlin Park Hospital, Roscam and Ballyloughnane Strand. Park and Ride facilities should be provided at each railway station and a frequent service running at least every 20 minutes during the daytime should be provided. This would help partially relieve traffic into the city. The roundabouts on the main N4 road should be converted to gyratories with the main road underpassing. At the same time a BRT system should be put in place with a firm plan to convert that BRT to Tram in the near future. Tram systems should not be ruled out. Cycle sharing schemes and cycle parking should be put in place at railway stations and BRT/Tram stops.
North of Tuam the railway line should be rebuilt to Claremorris to allow freight from Ballina to travel down to Waterford and Foynes.
Further planning expansion should be made near to the railway line. This would ensure that the investment made in expanding the railway pays off.