Western Rail Corridor:
date sought for re-opening of Sligo
Sligo Champion - Wednesday
9th August 2006
By Michael Moran
WITH speculation growing that a Government announcement
on the Western Rail Corridor is imminent, campaigners
pressing for the opening of the line to Sligo have said the
project can be delivered by 2011.
The cabinet approved the W.R.C. in principal at a meeting
two weeks ago and an official announcement is due later this
month, or in early September.
Amid claims that the Ennis to Claremorris section will be
operating within the next two to three years, and not in
2016 as was originally envisaged in the 'Transport 21'
initiative, West=on=Track have called on the Government to
give a firm date for the re-opening of the Sligo section,
estimated to cost euro197 million.
"We need a date for the start of work on the Sligo link.
While we broadly welcome the Government's commitment, we are
not interested in having this project simply included in an
election manifesto either by the Government or the
"We know Irish Rail have the capacity to do the necessary
work and all we need now is for the Government to state
precisely when it will begin," said Mr. Peter Bowen-Walsh of