Station house purchase
boost for West rail link
Limerick Leader 22nd May
By Petula Martyn
The former Sixmilebridge railway station house has been
bought by Clare County Council to facilitate the Western
Rail Corridor, after a gap of over 30 years since the last
scheduled services on the line.
There was a delay in acquiring the property because the
railway house had been a private residence until now.
Local Councillor John Crowe has welcomed the acquisition
of the house and lands saying "there's light at the end of
the tunnel" for the project which is funded by the
government as part of Transport 21.
A new platform will be built around the station house and
an entrance to the new facility will be completed by April
Acting senior planner with Clare County Council, John
Bradley, said the local authority had worked in close
co-operation with Iarnrod Eireann with regard to the
reopening of the former railway station.
"Iarnrod Eireann has advised that funding has been
provided in the 2008/2009 budgetary cycles for the upgrading
of infrastructural requirements and it is anticipated that
the passenger rail service will be open some time during
"No fixed dates are available for the scheduled opening
of this facility," he added.
There are also plans to provide a park and ride facility
at Shannon Airport to the station. "It will open up the
country for everyone," Cllr Crowe said.
"It will be big for the Shannon area to have a connection
from the airport to the station. I have been 12 years
campaigning for this and I'm thrilled that work is now
It is hoped that more credence will be given to calls for
a rail link between the airport and Limerick city when
Sixmilebridge railway station is fully operational.
"The Airport Authority will realise how many people are
using it. They will have live figures and it will strengthen
their hand when they go looking for a direct rail link from
Shannon to Limerick," Cllr Crowe said.
Meanwhile, trackwork on the Western Rail Corridor is well
underway and is on schedule according to Iarnrod Eireann.
Sixmilebridge will be one of seven stations along the route
between Limerick and Galway. The line will also serve Ennis,
Gort, Ardrahan, Craughwell, Oranmore and Athenry.
It will provide a range of inter-regional services
currently not available while promoting balanced regional