Extension of Western Rail Corridor ‘not viable’

‘Would not provide value for money’

Sligo News File

A report commissioned by Irish Rail has concluded that the extension of the Western Rail Corridor from Athenry to Tuam and Claremorris would not provide value for money.

The cost of reopening the line, it states, would be €263.8 million before VAT. With estimates based on the line being operational from 2026 and annual passenger numbers of 575,000 by 2030, the report states that this would deliver €2.2 million to Irish Rail. However, operating and maintenance costs would be in the region of €3.6 million.

The 64 page report, carried out by accountancy company EY, and published by the Department of Transport, also states that the extension would not contribute much  to the easement of traffic congestion or reduction in carbon emissions.