Wednesday 17 January 2018

Country’s 144th railway station opens – in time for the Galway Races

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

THE country’s 144th railway station was officially opened this morning, just in time for the annual Galway racing Festival

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar today opened Oranmore station, closed for the past 50 years, which will provide 23 services a day, and promising a journey time of just ten minutes into the city.

And a shuttle bus service will run from the station to the Ballybrit racecourse for the duration of race week.  Some 140 car parking spaces are provided, as well as bike spaces.

“I’m delighted to be here to officially open the new Oranmore train station, 162 years after a train station was first opened,” Mr Varadkar said.

“Oranmore is the second train station I have opened in the last month and the 144th station on the Iarnród Éireann network. It will be a huge benefit to commuters on the Galway line, who can reach the city centre in just 10 minutes. Fifty years ago last month regular scheduled passenger services ceased calling at Oranmore. Now the train calls at Oranmore once again.”

The station will be served by a mix of Galway-Dublin and Galway-Athenry-Limerick services, with 23 during the week, 22 on Saturdays and 15 on Sundays.

It is almost 162 years to the day since the first Oranmore Station open on 1st August 1851 when the Midland Great Western Railway opened the Mullingar to Galway line a distance of 76 miles - the longest section of railway ever to open in any day in Ireland.

At that time the station at Oranmore was used predominantly for the transport of cattle to Dublin and onward to the major cities in the UK. The station closed to services on June 17, 1963.

The construction of the station has been funded by the National Transport Authority.

Irish Independent

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