More than one private rail operator is reportedly expressing interest in running the Waterford-Rosslare railway line on a commercial basis should Iarnród Éireann’s request to withdraw its service be granted.
The news will come as a further fillip to those who wish to see the line retained, including Wexford Mayor Joe Ryan, who attacked the Green Party over its stance on the line’s future.
“Two days before he was appointed a minister, Ciaran Cuffe said that if a socio economic case for retention existed he’d listen to it,” Cllr Ryan stated on Friday last.
“Now that doesn’t mean that he’d commit to retaining it: he only said he’d listen to it. When Ciaran was nominated I sent him a copy of a report on the line asking that he’d respond. Three months later I’m still waiting despite assurances from local Greens that he’d contact me.”
Cllr Ryan, who accused the Green Party of an about turn on rail use since entering Government, said their silence on the issue smacked of “Stockholm Syndrome and Gombeenism”.
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