The case for sustaining and enhancing rail services between Rosslare Europort and Limerick Junction has been underlined by a 107-page report commissioned by the South East (SERA) and Mid-West Regional Authorities (MWRA).
The comprehensive socio-economic and business report, which has been submitted to the National Transport Authority (NTA), also takes issue with Iarnród Éireann’s (IE) proposed closure of the Waterford-Rosslare line.
The NTA is currently mulling over Iarnród Éireann’s proposed withdrawal from the Waterford-Rosslare line and is expected to deliver its adjudication in September.
“The regional and local authorities in both regions are united in their opposition to Irish Rail’s attempts to close the Rosslare-Waterford line, which is a key element of our region’s transport infrastructure,” said SERA Chair John Cummins.
The Fine Gael Waterford City Councillor described the rail operator’s proposal as “half-baked and short sighted”, adding that it flew in the face of the National Spatial Strategy (NSS).
“For example, the Strategy promotes more balanced regional development, ‘Smarter Travel’, which advocates sustainable travel and the National Climate Change Strategy that urges switching from road to rail and from cars to public transport.”
The 192-kilometre long stretch of railway linking Rosslare to Limerick Junction, the report states, is “currently severely under-used”.
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