Monday 22 January 2018

Regional rail's policy puzzle

PAUL Melia's report 'Galway to Limerick rail route to run at €2.4m loss' (Irish Independent, March 25) set out details of the new railway line.

The journey time will be 30 minutes longer than by road. Only 320 passengers a day are expected to use it. The cost of running the service will be €3.4m, of which only €1m will be recovered in fares, thus delivering an annual loss of €2.4m to the company. Even by 2015, trains are expected to run at only 40pc capacity.

The company says: "The business case suggests that the justification for the project is on the grounds of its contribution to regional development."

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