Thursday, 5 December 2019

Questions (315)

Niall Collins

Question:

315. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the reopening and upgrade of the Limerick to Foynes railway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50679/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

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

The detailed design process and associated reports commissioned by Shannon Foynes Port Company were completed at the end of 2018.

The completion of this detailed design can now inform the commercial case for potential reinstatement and allows Shannon Foynes Port Company, in conjunction with Iarnród Éireann, to commence a detailed market review of potential future users.

Iarnród Éireann was commissioned to undertake a detailed design engineering report for the reopening of the Foynes Railway line, by the Shannon Foynes Port Company. A draft report was submitted toShannon Foynes Port Comapny in recent weeks for its consideration.