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Double tracking on Galway and Waterford lines

  • 03-12-2019 9:29am
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    Registered Users Posts: 5,081 ✭✭✭ veryangryman


    As we know, once you branch off Dublin to Cork its 1 track with passing loops. Frustrating and means far less scheduled services.

    Is there any plans to double track the Galway and Waterford lines. Seems to be demand to at least extend them for the commuter stretches


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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,762 ✭✭✭✭ LXFlyer


    As we know, once you branch off Dublin to Cork its 1 track with passing loops. Frustrating and means far less scheduled services.

    Is there any plans to double track the Galway and Waterford lines. Seems to be demand to at least extend them for the commuter stretches

    No plans for any additional track work at present.

    Dynamic loops (longer loops allowing trains to pass while on the move) will likely be the next development rather than full double tracking, but there are absolutely no plans for any of that to happen within the current NDP period.


  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 20,990 Mod ✭✭✭✭ bk


    The 100 million that was wasted on the WRC would have been much better spent on double tracking the Galway line IMO.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,497 ✭✭✭ yer man!


    Very curious to know what exactly will be done with the 1 Billion EUR that was announced by shane ross the last day. Improvements to the Galway Dublin line are much in need.

    https://www.gov.ie/en/news/3079e6-minister-ross-announces-1-billion-investment-programme-in-rail-netwo/


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,762 ✭✭✭✭ LXFlyer


    yer man! wrote: »
    Very curious to know what exactly will be done with the 1 Billion EUR that was announced by shane ross the last day. Improvements to the Galway Dublin line are much in need.

    https://www.gov.ie/en/news/3079e6-minister-ross-announces-1-billion-investment-programme-in-rail-netwo/

    That is purely the required funding to maintain the railway in a safe condition. It is not extra funding.

    The difference is that the Government have committed to the funding for the five year period rather than an annual commitment as part of the current spending. This allows the railway to plan their work for that five year period.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 876 ✭✭✭ Lord Glentoran


    bk wrote: »
    The 100 million that was wasted on the WRC would have been much better spent on double tracking the Galway line IMO.

    If there was a proposal to double track the Galway line the lobbyists who get the vapours about Limerick-Galway would definitely oppose that as well, as there would be a threadbare excuse that the formation was needed for a cycle path.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,658 ✭✭✭ Markcheese


    If there was a proposal to double track the Galway line the lobbyists who get the vapours about Limerick-Galway would definitely oppose that as well, as there would be a threadbare excuse that the formation was needed for a cycle path.

    What?

    Slava ukraini 🇺🇦



  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 426 ✭✭ MrAbyss


    If there was a proposal to double track the Galway line the lobbyists who get the vapours about Limerick-Galway would definitely oppose that as well, as there would be a threadbare excuse that the formation was needed for a cycle path.




    Huh?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 876 ✭✭✭ Lord Glentoran




  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 9,198 Mod ✭✭✭✭ CatInABox



    Nothing in that suggests that they would be against double tracking the Dublin Galway line.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,933 ✭✭✭ DaCor


    If there was a proposal to double track the Galway line the lobbyists who get the vapours about Limerick-Galway would definitely oppose that as well, as there would be a threadbare excuse that the formation was needed for a cycle path.

    Careful, your tinfoil hat is showing


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,333 ✭✭✭ hans aus dtschl


    This poster seems to post in an anti-greenway (read: anti-cyclist) capacity relatively regularly. They can be safely ignored.

    But just in case anyone is wondering, most of the cycle campaign groups in the country are heavily pro-railway and regularly decry the lack of rail investment.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,353 ✭✭✭✭ road_high


    As we know, once you branch off Dublin to Cork its 1 track with passing loops. Frustrating and means far less scheduled services.

    Is there any plans to double track the Galway and Waterford lines. Seems to be demand to at least extend them for the commuter stretches

    I think the Waterford line was double track to Carlow years ago. Pretty busy line to be fair and increased a good bit recently


  • Registered Users Posts: 261 ✭✭ ohographite


    I think these lines should be double-tracked and given a frequency of 15 trains each way daily.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,169 ✭✭✭ cgcsb


    bk wrote: »
    The 100 million that was wasted on the WRC would have been much better spent on double tracking the Galway line IMO.

    Double tracking Portarlington to Athlone would have provided the west of Ireland with an enviable train service, hourly to Galway and bi hourly in Westport in less than 2 and 3 hours respectively but no. A great shame.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,816 ✭✭✭ donvito99


    cgcsb wrote: »
    Double tracking Portarlington to Athlone would have provided the west of Ireland with an enviable train service, hourly to Galway and bi hourly in Westport in less than 2 and 3 hours respectively but no. A great shame.

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    Money well spent clearly, it serves the megalopolis that is Ardrahan.


  • Registered Users Posts: 88 ✭✭✭ puma5k


    Oranmore is the same, the old station when it operatoed years and years ago, closed sometime in 1963, but still had cargo until the 1980s not they rebuilt a new station, more like a park and ride place about 3kms out from the village

    old stations was just at the crossing of the oranmore to claregalway road

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,086 ✭✭✭ GerardKeating


    Is there any plans to double track the Galway and Waterford lines. Seems to be demand to at least extend them for the commuter stretches

    Rather than double tracking to Waterford. It would rather reopen the PortLaois to Kilkenny line, and the Carlow to Waterford (via New Ross) line, this would give double track to waterford, but cover a wider area.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 876 ✭✭✭ Lord Glentoran


    This poster seems to post in an anti-greenway (read: anti-cyclist) capacity relatively regularly. They can be safely ignored.

    But just in case anyone is wondering, most of the cycle campaign groups in the country are heavily pro-railway and regularly decry the lack of rail investment.

    Anti cyclist my foot. Rail investment has been criticised many many times on boards so the balance needs to be redressed sometimes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 918 ✭✭✭ riddlinrussell


    Rather than double tracking to Waterford. It would rather reopen the PortLaois to Kilkenny line, and the Carlow to Waterford (via New Ross) line, this would give double track to waterford, but cover a wider area.

    Carlow/New Ross/Waterford being reopened is fairly pie in the sky given the New Ross to Waterford section just broke ground on a greenway, operationally simpler to double track the existing line too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,333 ✭✭✭ hans aus dtschl


    Anti cyclist my foot. Rail investment has been criticised many many times on boards so the balance needs to be redressed sometimes.

    I agree. Bloody cyclists.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 180 ✭✭ Lord Fairlord


    As we know, once you branch off Dublin to Cork its 1 track with passing loops. Frustrating and means far less scheduled services.

    Is there any plans to double track the Galway and Waterford lines. Seems to be demand to at least extend them for the commuter stretches

    Even just double tracking from Dublin to Athlone on the Galway line, as a start, would make sense IMO.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,265 ✭✭✭ Pete_Cavan


    As mentioned earlier, double tracking Portalington to Athlone should be the priority for rail investment outside of commuter areas.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,169 ✭✭✭ cgcsb


    Pete_Cavan wrote: »
    As mentioned earlier, double tracking Portalington to Athlone should be the priority for rail investment outside of commuter areas.

    I would say many will disagree given how wedged dub to Cork and Belfast is. Bringing an average trip to Cork down to 2 hours and making the service more than hourly will probably be the priority.

    There are so many competing interests and many worth while investments but somehow we end up with things like the wrc


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,333 ✭✭✭ hans aus dtschl


    Pete_Cavan wrote: »
    As mentioned earlier, double tracking Portalington to Athlone should be the priority for rail investment outside of commuter areas.

    Cork Limerick direct service maybe?

    Surely would be cheaper cost project and the line would possibly be quite competitive with the poor road alignment that exists at present.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,265 ✭✭✭ Pete_Cavan


    cgcsb wrote: »
    I would say many will disagree given how wedged dub to Cork and Belfast is. Bringing an average trip to Cork down to 2 hours and making the service more than hourly will probably be the priority.

    There are so many competing interests and many worth while investments but somehow we end up with things like the wrc
    The intention is already to bring Dublin - Cork down to two hours, track works ongoing and level crossing removal is at consultation stage. The Belfast line on approach to Dublin needs decongesting but this will be addressed by improvements to commuter/DART services. North of the border has big issues but not much the Irish government can do about them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,265 ✭✭✭ Pete_Cavan


    Cork Limerick direct service maybe?

    Surely would be cheaper cost project and the line would possibly be quite competitive with the poor road alignment that exists at present.
    Couldn't such a service be provided already? Surely that is more an issue of Irish Rail being happy to settle for an interchange service rather than an infrastructure issue?


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,762 ✭✭✭✭ LXFlyer


    Pete_Cavan wrote: »
    The intention is already to bring Dublin - Cork down to two hours, track works ongoing and level crossing removal is at consultation stage. The Belfast line on approach to Dublin needs decongesting but this will be addressed by improvements to commuter/DART services. North of the border has big issues but not much the Irish government can do about them.

    Just to clarify - The 2 hour journey time for Dublin-Cork would be for the key business trains.

    The trains serving the normal stopping pattern of Portlaoise, Thurles, Limerick Junction and Mallow would be 2:15/2:20.

    The Belfast line is frankly going to need joint funding from both the EU and the UK government somehow.


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,762 ✭✭✭✭ LXFlyer


    Cork Limerick direct service maybe?

    Surely would be cheaper cost project and the line would possibly be quite competitive with the poor road alignment that exists at present.

    With the new platform at Limerick Junction in place, and trackwork improvements completed, it should be possible to have northbound and southbound Cork trains arrive and depart Limerick Junction at the same time each hour.

    That will remove the existing waiting times for connecting trains at Limerick Junction (especially to/from Cork) to/from Limerick.

    I don’t see the need to be honest for anything more than that hourly connection.


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,762 ✭✭✭✭ LXFlyer


    Even just double tracking from Dublin to Athlone on the Galway line, as a start, would make sense IMO.
    Pete_Cavan wrote: »
    As mentioned earlier, double tracking Portalington to Athlone should be the priority for rail investment outside of commuter areas.

    Baby steps - start with long dynamic loops and work towards that goal.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 261 ✭✭ ohographite


    donvito99 wrote: »
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    Money well spent clearly, it serves the megalopolis that is Ardrahan.

    I wasn't against this railway, but even I didn't think reopening Ardrahan station was a good idea.


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