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Iarnrod Eireann's Myles McHugh appointed to new service planning role for south and west

Galway Advertiser - 6th January 2005

Myles McHugh has been appointed service planning manager for the southern and western unit of Iarnród Éireann. 

The former business development manager at Iarnród Éireann Galway is one of three service planning managers appointed by Iarnród Éireann to each of its general management units in the passenger business. The other service planning manager appointments were Michael Power to the northern and eastern unit, and Joe Beardmore for DART.

According to the rail company these roles will reflect the customer need by specifying service levels and planning developments in all aspects of customer service within their respective general management unit. Mr McHugh will be responsible for specifying service levels on the major routes from Heuston Station to Galway, Westport/ Ballina and Cork, and Limerick, Tralee, Limerick. 

Mr. McHugh's new role coincides with exciting plans for the future of the rail service in Ireland. Iarnród Éireann is set to deliver a transformation of the InterCity service by placing a record order for 120 new InterCity carriages in the coming weeks which will begin entering service in 2007. 

The introduction of these new modern carriages will see frequency improvements occur on all routes and will allow for plans for an expanded service on the Galway and Mayo routes with hourly services on the Galway route in peak hours and two hourly in the off peak. 

The Dublin to Westport route will benefit from additional shuttle services from Athlone to Westport, connecting with Galway services.  

Myles McHugh joined CIÉ in 1973 as a clerical officer and has served in many positions in CIÉ and Iarnród Éireann. Previously he was freight sales executive for the west and has been business development manager for the Galway district for the past eight years. 

A native of Galway city, he was educated at St Joseph's College (The Bish) in Galway and NUI, Galway where he qualified with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He is a fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland, a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and an associate member of the Institution of Railway Operators. 

A keen Gaelic football supporter, he is also a member of the Fr Griffins Club in Galway city.








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