Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2497)

Niall Collins


2497. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of plans for the Limerick-Foynes railway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34336/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As the Deputy is aware, Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC) has been leading on work in relation to a potential reinstatement of the Limerick to Foynes rail line as part of the Port's overall masterplan redevelopment.

The detailed design process and associated reports commissioned by SFPC were completed at the end of 2018.

I understand SFPC and Iarnród Éireann are currently working together to determine a viable business case for potential reinstatement from a rail freight perspective. This process will require a feasibility study which SFPC and Iarnród Éireann estimate will take six months to complete.