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Cork - Limerick Rail Link

  • 06-04-2010 4:09pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 116 ✭✭ Son of Stupido


    Now before ye all go shouting that there is one already, any thoughts on the old direct line from Charleville to Limerick?

    A quick scan of google maps shows pretty much the entire route still surviving and not built on. Certainly the loop into limerick station would be a handy link.

    Perhaps this could be a Galway - Limerick - Cork service?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 242 ✭✭ sonyair


    It would be great to reopen it and be able to hop on at raheen/dooradoyle and go to cork without the use of limerick junction


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 25,234 ✭✭✭✭ Sponge Bob


    and Brian Guckian support you Son!

    http://www.indymedia.ie/article/88689

    Reckons it will cost €116m and that at bubble prices.


  • Registered Users Posts: 116 ✭✭ Son of Stupido


    Sponge Bob wrote: »
    and Brian Guckian support you Son!

    http://www.indymedia.ie/article/88689

    Reckons it will cost €116m and that at bubble prices.


    erm.....not sure 'bout his figures.

    Money aside, I would of thought a 3 city link was a better WRC then Limerick-Galway-Sligo option.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,638 Zoney


    One obstacle is that the existing line out of Limerick is right alongside the current M20/N21 at the same elevation, so arranging a new link south would be expensive on that single point alone (many other obstacles).

    *However* given that a new N21 is to bypass Adare to the south and the M20 alignment will also be altered to a new direct curve south (rebuild of the current N20/M20/N21 junction) there would be scope to arrange the new motorway build on a gradient to allow a new rail alignment underneath. It's a non-runner for now, but an underbridge on the planned M20 for a rail alignment would be a good provision for future decades though. I'd also like to see the land of the old Cork direct curve out of Limerick station kept in state control for any possible future rail alignment (it's basically still free - the building/yard on the other side of the road is unoccupied at present afaik - it should be bought and held onto)

    I think commerce between Limerick and Cork first has to be increased by providing a more reasonable *road* route. Then once traffic is higher than at present, public transport options have a greater cachement. Road routes the likes of the current N20, the former N6, N9 and to a degree the N11 (Arklow-Rathnew) actively stifle commerce, resulting in less demand for bus or rail too. The traffic facilitated by the Shannon Tunnel, M18 and Galway-Limerick railway will likely also improve the potential in future decades for a direct Limerick-Cork route.

    It should be possible to have issues such as this in consideration even if they are long term and lower priority plans. Just because there are more relevant and direct transport concerns should not mean these aren't considered - for example due to aspects such as consideration in the planning of the new M20 sections.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 25,234 ✭✭✭✭ Sponge Bob


    erm.....not sure 'bout his figures.

    What have you got against Brian Guckian ???
    Money aside, I would of thought a 3 city link was a better WRC then Limerick-Galway-Sligo option.

    Heresy. The Western Rail Corridor is for the west and this _thing_ is different being in Munster and all. Fr Micheal will gladly exorcise you while Colman holds you down for saying these things.

    And Zoney may be wrong, I think the current M20 is built on that line at Patrickwell


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  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 61,013 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011


    Does Guckian also support my proposal to reopen the Letterkenny & Burtonport Extension Railway?


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


    Surely any money spent on this would be better off doubling the line to Limerick Junction, and rebuilding the station to grade separate the Limerick - Waterford line from Dublin - Cork. This would allow Limerick - Cork services unhindered by single track, speed up main-line Limerick - Dublin and Cork - Dublin routes, and give a proper Limerick - Waterford, with 4-way connections possible in all directions.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,278 ✭✭✭ dowlingm


    Let us not speak of B**** G******.

    Looking at the path of the old railway between Patrickswell, Croom and Charleville junction on OSI map it was hardly bullet straight so I have to wonder what speeds were. Doubling Limerick-LJ and building the LJ East Platform ASAP to improve platform vacancies is the way to go.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,638 Zoney


    Sponge Bob wrote: »
    And Zoney may be wrong, I think the current M20 is built on that line at Patrickwell

    Perhaps I wasn't entirely clear. What I mean is that the Limerick-Foynes line is parallel and right next to the current M20/N21 and at the same grade. It is technically the current N21 that crosses the former alignment of Limerick-Cork direct (just west of the current N20/M20/N21 junction at Patrickswell).


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 25,234 ✭✭✭✭ Sponge Bob


    What is actually wrong with Brian Guckians €116m estimate then ?? :D


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 878 rainbowdash


    Limerick-Cork and Limerick-Waterford are pretty crap as roads go in this country. Its an ideal opportunity for Irish Rail to win some market as proper interurban motorways are years away. The tracks are already there and in use.

    Diverting LK-Dub trains via Nenagh would free up the junction path as it waits to be double tracked.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 254 ✭✭ The Word Is Bor


    Let me be the rain on this particular parade.
    First up from Charleville northwards a lot of the railway, if not all of it, has been taken up and the lands returned to the original farmers. Secondly, the M20 uses a section of the old alignment around Ballygeale.


  • Registered Users Posts: 116 ✭✭ Son of Stupido


    surely you would be talking a similar amount of cash to upgrade the limerick junction- cork route (as suggested by some) then opening the old one?

    Anyway I am sure IE would use the dublin-cork intercity as an excuse to have a crap service (line contention etc etc)

    Either way it would be good to have a good service between the two cities without having to wait an hour to get a connection at Limerick (Tipperary???) f***ing junction!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,032 DWCommuter


    Let me be the rain on this particular parade.
    First up from Charleville northwards a lot of the railway, if not all of it, has been taken up and the lands returned to the original farmers. Secondly, the M20 uses a section of the old alignment around Ballygeale.

    And the direct curve out of Limerick station was built on, ironically by CIE for a social club.


  • Registered Users Posts: 116 ✭✭ Son of Stupido


    DWCommuter wrote: »
    And the direct curve out of Limerick station was built on, ironically by CIE for a social club.

    well thats that so....no chance of it going ahead. :D:D


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,638 Zoney


    It's only one small building - easily taken out. There's also the turning yard for BÉ buses but this will be redundant anyway when BÉ move to the northeast side of the railway station. Google maps link - crossed the road on the undeveloped line furthest to the right (you can see the single building on the south side of the road). The embankment for the bridge is still present on the north side of Carey's Road.

    Certainly while there is still no private development on the old direct curve alignment, it should be kept in state hands and preserved against the prospect of future use (would be very useful even just for any commuter service to Dooradoyle, Raheen, Patrickswell and Adare).


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,272 merlante


    Wouldn't it make more sense to run a Waterford-Galway route with timely transfers to Cork at Limerick junction?


  • Registered Users Posts: 116 ✭✭ Son of Stupido


    merlante wrote: »
    Wouldn't it make more sense to run a Waterford-Galway route with timely transfers to Cork at Limerick junction?

    But then you are getting into service issues and we all know IE are not exactly shining lights in this department


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,638 Zoney


    There's no doubt, if Cork-Dublin is upgraded to higher speeds (and it does need to be, and probably *eventually* will be) it makes this proposition less relevant (even from a long-term perspective), and an upgrade to Limerick-LJ, with more reliable timekeeping, would allow fast Limerick-Cork and Limerick-Dublin services as a side benefit of upgrading Dublin-Cork.

    merlante: at best, if Limerick-LJ was upgraded you could have *additional* trains for direct service morning and evening (much as Limk-Dub has and Limk-Cork could have), but otherwise it is most useful to use the Limerick shuttle concept. In addition to Limerick passengers connecting to Cork/Dublin/Waterford, the passengers arriving on those trains can at the same time transfer for Limerick.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,278 ✭✭✭ dowlingm


    We're in a time when existing infrastructure has to be sweated, not new stuff built. A track path unused and a train idling in a station is money bleeding from the system.

    Building the WRC killed Waterford-Rosslare (to an extent) and a Cork-Limerick line would be the death of other lines because there just isn't enough capital funding to go around). Firing the dead wood (and hopefully that doesn't mean everyone) in IE operations is a lot cheaper than building entire new lines hither and yon.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 611 T Corolla


    The line should be considered for re-opening. Does anyone know whether the track bed is still in place. I feel in fairness the restoration of rail services should come before introducing a new motorway.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 17,738 ✭✭✭✭ corktina


    a lot of the trackbed is under the Croom bypass I think and the N21 cuts across the formation at Patriickswell. the line (as said above) is blocked at the Limerick end... abit of a non starter really,


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,781 ✭✭✭ Carawaystick


    T Corolla wrote: »
    The line should be considered for re-opening. Does anyone know whether the track bed is still in place. I feel in fairness the restoration of rail services should come before introducing a new motorway.

    What!

    A motorway linking Cork and Limerick would allow private motorists get between Limerick and Cork and from beyond each city to where they want to go faster and safer than the existing crap road.

    It would also allow private coach operators compete and provide a decent public transport service along a western spine of the country from Galway to Cork, at times that suit their passengers. It would probably be cheaper and faster than a rail link, to the end user: the customer.

    Bus Éireann run an hourly 24hr service between Dublin and Belfast. IÉ have only 8 trains a day and the first one will only get you into Belfast at 9:45, unless their incompetence in maintaining the line or dealing with reports of the line falling into the sea are feiced up and the line is closed.

    Similarly, the first train from Dublin to Cork will get you in at the business friendly time of 9:53, and at 173 minutes, I'd imagine it's slower than driving, leaving Heuston at the same time


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


    Much better that reopening that old line, would be double tracking Limerick to Limerick Junction, rebuilding Limerick Junction to grade separate the lines, add in direct curves for Cork - Limerick, Dublin - Limerick, and Dublin - Waterford, and removing speed restrictions.

    Then you could have all the direct Dublin - Limerick trains you want. It could be integrated with the current Limerick Junction shuttle - with a Limerick - Cork train meeting a Cork - Dublin train and vice versa.

    Or else you could have a Galway - Waterford train meeting Cork Dublin and Dublin - Cork trains simultaneously. New railway works that bring knock on benefits to already important lines are the best.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 611 T Corolla


    What!

    A motorway linking Cork and Limerick would allow private motorists get between Limerick and Cork and from beyond each city to where they want to go faster and safer than the existing crap road.

    It would also allow private coach operators compete and provide a decent public transport service along a western spine of the country from Galway to Cork, at times that suit their passengers. It would probably be cheaper and faster than a rail link, to the end user: the customer.

    Bus Éireann run an hourly 24hr service between Dublin and Belfast. IÉ have only 8 trains a day and the first one will only get you into Belfast at 9:45, unless their incompetence in maintaining the line or dealing with reports of the line falling into the sea are feiced up and the line is closed.

    Similarly, the first train from Dublin to Cork will get you in at the business friendly time of 9:53, and at 173 minutes, I'd imagine it's slower than driving, leaving Heuston at the same time

    In fairness there is not enough passengers considering you can get a one way ticket from Dublin-Cork at 8am for 10 Euro. To justify a service earlier that 7am Hueston to Cork you would need better rail connections to Hueston. If you are working in Cork and you wanted to get the train in you would probably live in Mallow or Midelton or any of the stations along the route which has good commuter services. Today you can definetly get from Dublin to Cork in 2.5hrs by car so the train has a bit of work to catch up on but IR have put alot into the Dublin-Cork line in the last number of years and are presently still upgrading the speed restriction.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,431 ✭✭✭ highlydebased


    Cool Mo D wrote: »
    Much better that reopening that old line, would be double tracking Limerick to Limerick Junction, rebuilding Limerick Junction to grade separate the lines, add in direct curves for Cork - Limerick, Dublin - Limerick, and Dublin - Waterford, and removing speed restrictions.

    Then you could have all the direct Dublin - Limerick trains you want. It could be integrated with the current Limerick Junction shuttle - with a Limerick - Cork train meeting a Cork - Dublin train and vice versa.

    Or else you could have a Galway - Waterford train meeting Cork Dublin and Dublin - Cork trains simultaneously. New railway works that bring knock on benefits to already important lines are the best.


    Well, there is already a direct curve for Limk-Dublin ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,316 KC61


    To me right now there are far more pressing infrastructural needs than this suggestion. I would think that the focus from a rail infrastructure perspective has got to be on getting speeds increased on the existing lines wherever possible, and I would suggest that this would be best served by the following:

    Carry out whatever work is necessary to get the Dublin/Cork line up to full line speed of 100mph for the maximum distance possible
    - this will benefit all services to Waterford, Galway/Mayo, Limerick and Tralee.
    - it will also mean that "up" and "down" trains will pass at about the same time at Limerick Junction eliminating long layovers for passengers between Limerick and Waterford and enabling a meaningful service to be introduced on that line

    - Similarly get the Dublin/Belfast route up to full line speed

    On the busier single track routes install dynamic passing loops (i.e. much longer double track sections to allow trains pass while moving rather than waiting in stations) as follows:

    Portarlington/Galway line:
    - Install dynamic loops east of Tullamore to west of Clara and east of Ballinasloe and west of Woodlawn
    - At the very least install a passing loop at Oranmore

    Maynooth/Sligo line:
    - Extend double track west of Maynooth towards Kilcock,
    - Double Killucan to Mullingar
    - Install dynamic loops either side of Edgeworthstown and Boyle

    Cherryville/Waterford line:
    - Install dynamic loops either side of Carlow and Ballyhale (the existing loop near Thomastown)

    Limerick/Limerick Junction line:
    - Double track the entire route

    Mallow/Tralee line:
    - Install a dynamic loop in the section between Killarney and Rathmore

    Finally work to get rid of the ludicrous array of speed restrictions on the regional routes. The current 25mph restriction from Killonan Junction (outside Limerick) to north of Birdhill on the Nenagh branch despite the line being relaid with CWR (although until recently not stressed) is farcical.

    After that is done then maybe look at other options.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,181 ✭✭✭ cgcsb


    here we are folks, a direct Cork-Limerick-Galway service via the old Charleville -Limerick line:

    http://www.irishrail.ie/media/2030RailNetworkStrategyReview_21.pdf scroll to page 55


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 25,234 ✭✭✭✭ Sponge Bob


    For now it is

    1. Protect the alignment.....lots built on by roads over the years.This made the Regional Plan so ...good start.
    2. Greenway!
    3. See what pans out many years hence.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,278 ✭✭✭ dowlingm


    The fact that Cork-Limerick made it into that document is only one of several things that made me shake my head in disbelief at it.


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