No connection between re-opened Galway-Limerick railway and proposed Rosslare closure
Press Release Wednesday April 14th 2010
The West on Track Campaign has issued the following statement in response to recent newspaper allegations linking the re-opening of the Western Rail Corridor with the closure of the Waterford-Rosslare rail line.
It is a matter of deep regret to all who support the provision of public transport that any railway line should be closed. The people of the West, who have long experience of widespread railway closures, feel great sympathy for their fellow citizens in the southeast in their current difficult situation. It is to be hoped that even at this late stage, local public representatives, community groups, Iarnród Éireann and the Department of Transport can bring about a solution to the problem.
At the same time, it is extremely regrettable that politicians are seeking to link this closure with the recent reopening of the Galway-Limerick line. There has never been any such link or connection and we are unaware of any such connection ever having being made by the Minister for Transport. In our view it is very unlikely that the remarks ascribed to him in the Sunday Tribune represent the actual views of the Minister.