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Minister announces expansion plans for Ceannt Station, Galway

22nd February 2007 


Transport Minister, Martin Cullen TD was in Galway today announced details, together with CIÉ Chairman Dr. John Lynch, of a CIÉ proposal for the development and expansion of Galway's Ceannt Railway Station and for improvements in both Irish Rail and Bus Éireann services in the Galway area.

The redevelopment of Ceannt Station proposes developing the 5.7 hectare CIÉ station site, with the aim of delivering a new urban city quarter for Galway - Ceannt Station Quarter. A transport interchange is an integral part of the suggested euro1 billion investment programme with plans to develop three full-length platforms (allowing for intercity and commuter service expansion); 25 dedicated bus bays, and enhanced car parking facilities (for public transport users). Eight hundred residential units, including social and affordable housing are also part of the city quarter plan.  Cultural and community facilities also form part of the scheme.

Speaking today about the proposed plan for the new station quarter, Minister Cullen said: "The new, expanded and integrated transport facilities envisaged in the CIÉ plan will support much improved public transport services in terms of capacity and ease of use.  Good quality facilities of the type proposed are essential to attract more users to public transport".

"It will be important in developing and taking forward the planning proposals outlined here today, that CIÉ consult widely with local and regional authorities and development interests to ensure that the proposed redevelopment of the station integrates well with local and regional development plans".

In relation to rail provision, seven Iarnród Éireann services operate each way between Galway and Dublin each weekday. Passenger numbers on the route have grown to 1.5m in 2006. Services are set to improve with 150 new Government-funded rail cars due to arrive in Ireland from Korea in March. Minister Cullen said: "The entry into service of these new rail cars over 2007 and 2008 (serving all the main intercity routes) will enable Iarnród Éireann to increase services on the Galway/Dublin line to 10 per day with hourly services at peak time and two-hourly services off peak".








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