September Date Expected For Decision on Tuam Rail Link
Press Release Thursday May 27th 2010
A decision on the reopening of the Tuam/Athenry rail line could be made in September.
At a meeting of Tuam Town Council last evening, members were told that Tuam Railway Station will celebrate its 150th anniversary on September 27th. A major event is planned for Tuam station to mark the occasion.
A decision on a rail link for the town is now widely expected to coincide with that date.
The Council met with local elected representatives and Oireachtas members as well as church and business leaders this week.
A number of West on Track campaigners also attended.
The project is expected to cost considerably less than previously thought due to a drop in construction costs of more than 30% over the past year.
The link to Tuam is scheduled for completion by the end of 2011 but will need to start this year in order to meet that target and to be in service in time for the Volvo Ocean Race in 2012, an event of enormous prestige and economic importance not only for the entire western region but for the whole country.