Wednesday 23 January 2019

Investor could put station on track

Iarnród Éireann open to proposals for Dunleer

Hubert Murphy

It will take a major third party investment to reopen Dunleer train station - but Irish Rail 'will engage with any parties proposing such a project'.

Jim Meade, chief executive of Irish Rail, also said that no action will be undertaken in the vicinity of the station that would impact on any such future proposals.

In a letter to the Ardee District Council, he said the company receives numerous requests to open up stations on both existing sites and greenfield areas.

But any reopening needs a 'robust business case' and 'a full demand assessment' will be required. A key element is that a third party would need to fund it.

Cllr Dolores Minogue said that the aim must always be to see the station re-opened for the sake of mid-Louth. 'Every chance to get Dunleer operational must be looked at,' she said.

Drogheda Independent