Minister Cullen coy on
west rail corridor decision
Sligo Weekender - 6th Sept
The Minister for Transport was playing cagey on the
future of the Western rail corridor during his visit to
Sligo on Friday last.
Minister Cullen said in an interview at the opening of
the new Inner Relief Road, that the rail project which would
link Sligo with Galway was one of a number of proposals soon
to come before him.
"I certainly haven't changed my position since we were
down here at a major conference, finalising a ten year
investment framework for transport for the entire
"The whole western rail issue is central to what we've
been looking at. It has a lot of merit.
"We've had a lot of reports done on it. I'm finalising
that at the moment and that project along with many, many
others is being strongly considered."
He also responded to potential criticism of the lack of
investment in infrastructure in the Border Midlands and
Western region when compared to the East and South of the
"I consider myself a regional minister myself coming from
the South East. I understand the problems within the (BMW)
If you look at the number of projects since I've come
into the department that are going into the BMW region
&endash; out of 19 new projects starting this year, half are
in the BMW region &endash; that's a big step up than it was
for the last few years."
And, while he acknowledged that investment in
infrastructure in the BMW region is not what it should have
been in the past, in recent years there has been a
significant increase in funding, particularly in public
transport, with the upgrading of the Sligo-Dublin line and
the arrival of new rail carriages.