Journey times key to rail future
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.