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West on Track welcomes announcement by An Taoiseach of funding for Western Rail Corridor

Press Release - 2nd March 2005


bertie ahern announces funding for western rail corridorThe West on Track Community Campaign has warmly welcomed the announcement by An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in the Dáil this morning, that financial provision has been made by the Government for the re-opening of the Western Rail Corridor.

Speaking during Taoiseach's question time, in response to questions from Enda Kenny and Pat Rabbitte, Mr Ahern said:

"We have been supportive of this all the way through. The report is to identify how it can best be achieved. The finances for it are already with the Department and, from presentations we have received, I know it will be part of the ten-year rail plan. Therefore, provision has already been made for it."

A spokesman for West on Track warmly welcomed the remarks by An Taoiseach.

"Today is a very significant day for the whole of the West of Ireland. The Taoiseach's announcement represents a clear expression by the Government of its intent to deliver on the vision outlined in the National Spatial Strategy. The Western Rail Corridor will join together all the cities of the West and South, from Sligo to Cork and Waterford, and genuinely create the conditions for balanced regional development," he said.

"As well as serving the transport and commercial needs of the people of the whole region the re-opening of the WRC will represent an essential frontloading of infrastructure leading to the accelerated economic development of the whole West and Mid-West region. We compliment the Taoiseach and his Ministers for their positive response to the well-documented needs of this region."

"The re-opening of the Western Rail Corridor must be seen as a single regional development project delivering much-needed infrastructure through the whole region. As the Taoiseach noted in his Dáil statement, we now await the report of the expert Working Group under the Chairmanship of Mr. Pat McCann, which we are confident will provide a dynamic blueprint for the re-opening of this valuable piece of Ireland's national infrastructure."








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