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(Article) Infrastructure Warning Over Soaring Population

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  • Registered Users Posts: 292 ✭✭Yixian


    The immigrants aren't leaving, even at times of recession you'd better get used to the fact that you're now a rich developed European state in the eyes of most of the world, even if not your own, and you will always have net immigration from now on.

    Make best use of those immigrants as you can, use them to build ties with their home countries, this is the key to success in this stage of a nations development. Be the European Hong Kong and act as the gatekeepers between your part of the world and the parts to which you have ties, in Irelands case the US and Eastern Europe (and get to work on Asia!)


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 4,890 Mod ✭✭✭✭spacetweek


    dowlingm wrote: »
    Talk of 140mph is rubbish - as seen on the existing Dublin-Belfast/Dublin-Cork lines your top speed is nowhere near as important as being slowed to the speed of a bike because (a) there's a stopping train in front or (b) the track hasn't been properly maintained.

    I'm interested to get some insight here - why would there be a stopping train? Surely with an hourly service you can just have the yoke leave separately from the Drogheda/Dundalk commuting services?

    And did they not relay the whole track when they launched the Enterprise?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,419 ✭✭✭Cool Mo D


    spacetweek wrote: »
    I'm interested to get some insight here - why would there be a stopping train? Surely with an hourly service you can just have the yoke leave separately from the Drogheda/Dundalk commuting services?

    And did they not relay the whole track when they launched the Enterprise?

    You can't really separate them - at peak times there would be about 3 Drogheda trains an hour, there's also DARTs. Bear in mind that it takes an hour for a stopping train to reach Drogheda, when the Enterprise should do it in about half that, and they have a top speed of 70mph, and you can see how big an effect there can be. There are also commuter trains on the other end - leaving Portadown every 20 minutes. The state of the track north of Newry is very poor - 20mph speed limit in some places.

    To increase journey times, the whole line really needs to be electrified - electric trains have way better acceleration then diesels, reducing journey times for stopping trains, and nearly the whole line has commuter services as well as the Enterprise running on it. As well as that, track improvements on the quieter bits of the track - Drogheda to Portadown are needed.


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