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West on Track welcomes opening of
Oranmore Railway Station
DISCOUNTED FARES INTRODUCED ON ALL TRAINS ON
LIMERICK - GALWAY RAIL LINE
Savings as high as over 50% for train customers
Iarnród Éireann has introduced special promotional fares on the Limerick - Galway route. These promotional fares are for adults, students and children, and will offer great value for customers travelling by train between Limerick and Galway, with fares reduced by over 50% in some instances. These fares are available from the booking office and from ticket vending machines and are available on all services. Student fares apply to any student with a valid third level ID card.
The special promotional fares are:
- Adult: €10 single between Limerick and Galway, down from €21.50
- Adult: €15 day or open return between Limerick and Galway, down from €22.50 for day return and €33.50 for open return
- Student fares of €9 single or return (down from €15.20 single and €19 return)
- Child fares are half the adult fare
Iarnród Éireann operates five services a day each way on the route between Limerick and Galway (four each way on Sundays). Services are operated by trains equipped with free wi-fi, and the schedule gives options for daily commuters, and for leisure and business trips between the two cities.
The company also plans to introduce online booking for services on the route in the coming weeks.
Special €6 Return Fare from Oranmore to Galway Introduced
Iarnród Éireann has introduced a special €6 day return fare from Oranmore to Galway. This great value fare offers Oranmore commuters a cheap, fast and environmentally friendly commute to the city centre.
Oranmore station opened to customers on 29th July last. The station is served by a mixture of Limerick and Dublin services. The journey time from Oranmore to Galway is just 7 minutes.
The station has a platform and ticket vending machine, with help points for those with mobility and sensory impairments. Bicycle parking and car parking facilities are also provided. The car park is owned and operated by Galway County Council and has 144 spaces.
The new Oranmore Railway Station was officially opened on July 29th 2013 by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Mr Leo Varadkar.
Members of West on Track pictured with Transport Minister Leo Varadkar TD and Jim Meade, Director, Rail Undertaking, Iarnród Éireann.
The new station is part of the development of Phase 1 of the Western Rail Corridor and will be served by a mixture of Galway/Dublin and Galway/Athenry/Limerick services, with 23 services calling at the station daily (Mon-Fri), 22 on Saturdays, and 15 on Sundays. The journey time from Oranmore to Galway is just seven minutes, and customers can travel to Limerick, Dublin and a range of intermediate stations also.
"We warmly congratulate the Government and Iarnród Éireann on continuing the development of western rail infrastructure and we expect that the new station will add to passenger numbers on both the Galway-Dublin and Galway-Limerick routes as well as boosting commuter numbers into Galway city. We also look forward to the opening of Crusheen station in Co. Clare for which planning permission has recently been granted to Iarnród Éireann," a West on Track spokesman said.
At the official opening of Oranmore Station were L-R Collr. Peter Feeney (West on Track), David Franks CEO Iarnród Éireann, Gerry Culligan, Commercial Director Iarnród Éireann and Colmán Ó Raghallaigh (West on Track).
There are some time changes to the Galway/Dublin and Galway/Limerick timetables from Sunday July 28, to accommodate the new station and to improve punctuality further on the route. Customers are advised to check all departure times before travel.
Oranmore Station is the 144th station on the Iarnród Éireann network and will feature a platform and ticket vending machine, with help points for those with mobility and sensory impairments. Bicycle parking and car parking facilities will also be provided. The car park will be owned and operated by Galway County Council and will provide 300 free parking spaces at the station.
The original Oranmore station was opened in 1851 by the MGWR on its route from Dublin to Galway. The station was open until the rationalization of the railway network by CIE (Córas Iompair Éireann) saw it closed in 1963, with the building sold as a private residence.
Consultants' Recommendations regarding development of the Western Rail Corridor
AECOM/Goodbody Strategic Rail Investments Needs Review
The AECOM/Goodbody Strategic Rail Investments Needs Review was presented at Rail Vision 2030, a seminar on the future of rail transport in Ireland in Dublin on Wednesday 22nd February 2012, which was attended by representatives of West on Track. This major report into the future strategy for the national rail network recommended that improvements in speeds and capacity on Intercity lines, including the Limerick-Galway route, be prioritized.
The AECOM/Goodbody report confirms that there has been strong growth on the Athenry-Galway section since the Limerick-Galway services were introduced 2 years ago. The Ennis-Limerick section remains strong and there will be further growth once Oranmore opens next year. People will then be in a better position to look at how well Phase 1 of the WRC is performing in its totality.
The report makes the following observations re Phase 1 of the railway:
"The Western Rail corridor opened to business during 2010, and provides direct InterCity connections between Galway and Limerick. Nevertheless, whilst commuting demand from its catchment into Galway and Limerick is strong, the level of intercity travel is very low, and central sections of the line remain lightly trafficked"
The consultants then give their view as to why this is the case:
"It does not offer consistency within the InterCity network, having no capability for seat reservations, promotional tickets and catering."
They go on to make the following proposals:
- 11.1 Upgrade all services to inter-city branding with seat reservations, advance purchases and catering.
- 11.2 Increase frequency to 8 trains per day.
- 12.1 Introduce 5 direct services per day from Cork - Limerick - Galway as an extension of the Western Rail Corridor.
Comments by AECOM:
"The key proposal for this route is therefore to introduce consistency with other InterCity services. The increase in service frequency is proposed as a measure to stimulate more intercity demand."
The above comments by consultants engaged by IÉ themselves and launched in the presence of Minister Varadkar, mirror exactly the views of West on Track on Phase 1 of the railway.
Significantly, the consultants added that consideration should now be given to reopening the railway from Tuam to Athenry/Galway as a commuter route.
Press Release from West on Track, Thursday 19th Jan, 2012
Tuam takes its First Step to a bright Rail Future
Monday September 27th marked the official 150th anniversary of the opening of the Tuam-Athenry railway. Over the previous 16 days Tuam station was transformed thanks to a magnificent effort from more than 170 members of the local community. All resources, both physical and financial were donated free by the community.
The press and local people turned out in force, along with senior Irish Rail management, Minister Éamon Ó Cuiv and local government representatives. The Minister confirmed that IÉ has allocated euro1.9million for the design and development work of Tuam - Athenry and that a project manager, Mr James Kenny, had been appointed.
See more photos here.
Phase 1 of Western Rail Corridor now operational
After a gap of over 30 years and following a long campaign by West on Track, rail services between Limerick and Galway recommenced on Tuesday 30th March. The new route which is Phase 1 of the Western Rail Corridor was officially launched on 29th March 2010 and full schedules are now in operation. (See photos, details below).
Fares (Cost per Day Return)
Galway-Limerick euro20 return
Monthly commuter from euro10 return
Taxsaver daily return from euro5 return
Half price Student and FREE OAP fares
Less for shorter journeys:
Gort-Galway monthly commuter euro6
Taxsaver return from Ardrahan, Athenry or Craughwell to Galway from about euro3
Ennis-Limerick monthly Student from euro4 return
Sixmilebridge-Limerick monthly commuter euro4
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Gort Railway Station, County Galway (see more photos down the page)
Phase 1 Limerick-Galway
Phase 1 of the Western Rail Corridor was officially launched on 29th March 2010 and full schedules are in operation as of 30th March with very promising passenger numbers reported.
Phase 2 of Western Rail Corridor
Following a complete survey by Iarnród Éireann of the railway from Athenry to Claremorris in January 2010, costings are currently in preparation to enable the commencement of work on Phase 2 of the Western Rail Corridor from Athenry to Tuam later this year. This second phase of the railway is scheduled to reopen in 2011.
Overview Of Project
The first phase of the WRC renewal will:
- Deliver direct Galway to Limerick services, timed to meet commuter needs
- Serve Limerick, Ennis, Athenry and Galway; and new stations at Sixmilebridge, Gort, Ardrahan, Craughwell
- Expand commuter links to Limerick and Galway
- Promote balanced regional development, in line with National Spatial Strategy objectives, by linking two Gateways - Limerick and Galway - and serving the hub of Ennis
The investment project delivered by Iarnród Éireann has involved:
- renewal of 36 miles of track, including all necessary fencing and drainage and installation of points and crossings at Gort and Ennis
- a 90m platform with furniture, signage, shelter, Automatic Ticket Vending Machine, lighting, car park, PA, Customer Information Systems, help point and CCTV provision at Sixmilebridge, Gort, Ardrahan and Craughwell. These stations will also be accessible to the mobility impaired
- At Ennis and Athenry stations, PA, Customer Information Systems, help point and CCTV has been provided
- Repair and improvement work has been undertaken on bridges on the route to allow rail services to operate:
- modernised signalling systems
- improvement to level crossings, and elimination where practicable
The service will launch with five services in each direction, Monday to Saturday, serving all stations en route, with four services each way on Sundays.
Services will operate from 30th March according to the timetable you can download here as a PDF file.
Ardrahan Railway Station,
Ardrahan, County Galway
Ardrahan Railway Station,
Craughwell Station, County Galway
Craughwell Railway Station,
Craughwell, County Galway
Ennis Railway Station, County Clare
Gort Railway Station, County Galway
Gort Railway Station, County Galway
Gort Station, County Galway
Infrastructure near Tubber
Tubber, County Galway