Introduction of new Galway
train services welcomed
Tuam Herald - Thurs 2nd
THE introduction of four new train services in Galway has
been welcomed by the Chairman of Galway County Development
Board Cllr Colm Keaveney.
Cllr Keaveney said that a priority of the County
Development Strategy was to grow the role of railways in the
improvement of access and public transport. He was happy
that through a close working relationship with the Board,
Iarnród Eireann had decided to introduce an early
morning and late evening return train service between the
Midlands and Galway.
This new service means it will be possible to reach the
city by rail from Athlone, Ballinasloe, Woodlawn, Attymon
and Athenry at 08.20 and leave the City up to 21.10 in the
evening. This will suit a wide range of people including
workers, students, businesses and those with hospital
appointments. "We very much appreciate the co-operation of
Iarnród Eireann in this regard and consider this to
be a most progressive step towards a formal commuter service
in the future," he said.
Galway County Development Board is represented on the
Expert Working Group appointed by the Minister for Transport
to examine the prospects of re-opening the Western Rail
Corridor which if successful, will bring Gort and Tuam back
into the rail network. The Working Group is due to report to
the Minister early in the new year.
Director of Services with the County Development Board
Frank Dawson in welcoming the Iarnród Eireann
decision urged strong community support for the new services
and reminded people that the railway offers the fastest and
safest form of surface transport in Galway today.