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Inspection of Railway from Claremorris to Athenry carried out by Iarnród Eireann

Press Release - Thursday 14th October 2004

Iarnród Éireann engineers on the railway outside Tuam

Iarnród Éireann today carried out an inspection of the railway from Claremorris to Athenry. The Chief Operating Officer of Iarnród Éireann, Mr. Dick Fearn was accompanied by engineers and by officials from the permanent way section of the railway company. The inspection was carried out by rail using an inspection car and lasted for a number of hours.

All railway crossings between Claremorris and Athenry had recently been prepared to facilitate the trip and all gates on the route had been painted.

Inspecting the N17 crossing near Milltown

Welcoming the development, a spokesman for the West on Track community campaign said that the re-opening of the railway between Claremorris, Tuam and Galway was increasingly being recognised as a necessity as it offered a simple, economic and realistic way of relieving the traffic chaos in the area as well as a means of advancing economic development. "For the cost of less than seven miles of motorway the entire line between Claremorris and Athenry could be re-opened within a year," said the spokesman.

Disembarking from inspection car at Claremorris
station after returning from Athenry








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