Journey times key to rail future
Published 22/02/2012 | 11:51
The finding that passengers are deserting the rail network in droves in favour of quicker road journeys, which we report in today's newspaper, should come as no surprise.
Despite investing €1.6bn in recent years upgrading the railway network, journey times remain hopelessly uncompetitive with those of the new motorway network.
According to a report compiled by AECOM/Goodbody Economic Consultants, without service improvements, the number of rail passengers will not recover their 2007 peak of 10.7 million before 2015. Since 2007 rail passenger numbers have fallen by a quarter to just eight million.