Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Revised National Development Plan: Discussion

Photo of Kieran O'DonnellKieran O'Donnell (Limerick City, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I do not need to be careful. I am going to spell it out. I believe there should be a motorway. I believe there needs to be an upgrade of the existing rail line between Limerick Junction and Limerick city. Am I correct to say the current analysis appraisal is about the use of existing resources first? We have public land where a second rail line was taken up between Limerick Junction and Limerick city, which in hindsight should never have been taken up. It is based on the provision of public lands owned by Irish Rail for the second rail line. It will cost €60 million and it will speed up the rail network. Two other rail lines were proposed, one from Charleville to Limerick via the old line, which would go via Macroom and Patrickswell, and one was a crazy, cross-country route that gave people living along that route huge anxiety, when, financially and in every other way, it does not make sense. On the rail line, is it expected that the upgrade will mean a double line between Limerick Junction and Limerick city, which I understand will take 15 minutes off the timeframe? Is that what is being looked at on the rail side?


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