Growing optimism that Tuam
will soon be back on rail map
Tuam Herald - 25th August
CAMPAIGNERS for the re-opening of the Western Rail
Corridor from Sligo to Ennis are confident that the go-ahead
for the project is to be announced in the near future.
It is expected that the first phase of the development
will see Tuam station reopened as the rail link between
Claremorris and Ennis is developed.
This would leave the way open for a Tuam to Galway
commuter service branching off at Athenry and running into
the city via Oranmore and the planned Ardaun Corridor city
The second phase of the Rail Corridor plan would involve
redeveloping the closed line between Collooney outside Sligo
Many of those campaigning for the Western Rail Corridor
would prefer to see the project given the green-light in its
entirety but there is a general consensus that the
two-phased approach will be accepted.
Hopes have been raised following the favourable and
supportive response to the rail corridor proposal in the
McCann report which was commissioned by the Government to
look into the viability of the proposal.
The Western Inter-County Railway Committee, at a meeting
in Tuam recently, discussed the McCann Report on the Western
Rail Corridor. The various comments and recommendations were
The following was agreed unanimously by the members
The McCann Report was welcomed as a significant and
supportive document for the re-opening of the Western Rail
Corridor from Collooney to Ennis which would be a most
valuable transport infrastructure and would provide concrete
proof of the State's commitment to balanced regional
It was agreed at the Tuam meeting to back the two-phase
option and a recommendation was made that the Claremorris to
Ennis phase be undertaken first, followed by the Collooney
to Claremorris phases.
It was also agreed during this construction of Phase One
(i.e from Claremorris to Ennis) CIE would carry out the work
of renewing the fencing, clearing the overgrowth from the
track and re-opening the drains on the section of the line
from Collooney to Claremorris.
It was decided that the above response would be
communicated to the Government and made known to the