Planning Granted for new Crusheen Railway Station
Press Release Tuesday June 14th 2011
The granting of Planning Permission to Iarnród Éireann to construct a new railway station at Crusheen as part of a range of new developments on the Galway-Limerick section of the Western Rail Corridor, has been warmly welcomed by the West on Track campaign.
Iarnród Éireann recently announced that over 250,000 journeys have been made across the Limerick-Galway route since it opened on 30th March 2010, and the construction of the new station at Crusheen together with a major commuter station at Oranmore is expected to attract many more customers to the route. Iarnród Éireann plans to have both stations open during the first half of 2012.
A spokesman for West on Track said that there had been attempts to play down the success of the Galway-Limerick route but that the recent announcements of new services, connections for Dublin and the two new stations served to underline the success of the railway over its first year.
“The construction of Crusheen and Oranmore needs to be viewed in the context of the news that a quarter of a million passengers have travelled on services on the Galway-Limerick route in its first year, availing of commuter and inter-city services. There are now up to 26 distinct services operating daily on Phase 1 of the Western Rail Corridor*. We are confident that the additional new and improved services and connections together with these new stations will lead to continued strong growth across the route leading to further expansion and development in the near future,” said the spokesman.
*5 daily Limerick-Galway (Intercity & Commuter); 1 daily Galway-Ennis (Commuter); 5 daily Limerick-Ennis (Commuter) 2 daily Galway-Athenry (Commuter) using WRC rolling stock. All return. This gives a total of 26 services on the corridor (Mon-Sat)