West on Track welcomes
announcement by An Taoiseach of funding for Western Rail
Press Release - 2nd March
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
Speaking during Taoiseach's question time, in response to
questions from Enda Kenny and Pat Rabbitte, Mr Ahern
"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."