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Shannon Rail Study: Consultants Appointed

Shannon Rail Partnership - Thursday 27th April 2006


Today we are delighted to announce that Iarnrod Eireann have appointed MVA Consultants to conduct the Feasibility Study on the Shannon Rail Link. It has been agreed that the final report will be with the Minister for Transport by late 2006. Shannon Rail Partnership will be working closely with Iarnród Eireann and MVA over the coming months and this will involve wide consultation with all key players in the region.

Formed in 2000, Shannon Rail Partnership have commissioned and completed numerous reports on the viability of a Rail Link to Shannon Airport, Shannon Town, Shannon Free Zone and Smithstown Business Park as part of preliminary requirements towards a feasibility study. In 2005 Minister Cullen announced that a Full Feasibility Study was imminent. A technical sub group of the Rail Partnership has worked closely with Iarnród Eireann over the last months to finalise terms of reference for this study, and to work towards appointment of suitable consultants to conduct the study.

Shannon Town Councillor, Sean Hillery has been joint chairperson of the Shannon Rail Partnership since its inception and Sean is delighted to announce this news today. Sean added that the primary objective of the Shannon Rail Partnership was to conduct a Technical Study into the viability of a mainline rail link to Shannon, and indeed this is one of the priority actions of the Clare County Development Board for the period 2006 to 2008. Finally, Sean added a word of thanks to all agencies on the Partnership for their commitment todate. Specifically he acknowledged the work over the past number of months of the technical sub group, namely Liam Coneally, Clare County Council, Tom Kirby, Mid West Regional Authority, David Hogan, Shannon Development and Pádraig MacCormaic of Clare County Council.

Shannon Rail Partnership Members: Clare County Development Board, Clare County Council, Shannon Development, Mid-West Regional Authority, Shannon Airport Authority, Limerick City Council, Limerick County Council, Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann, Shannon Chamber of Commerce, IBEC








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