Proposal to build new rail line through Limerick is ‘ridiculous’
According to Cllr Martin Ryan, IRISH Rail’s preferred option is to modernize the existing rail route between Limerick and Cork and not to build a new line from Charleville to the city.
Cappamore councilor was speaking at a town meeting following a motion from Cathaoirleach John Egan.
Cllr Egan put forward a motion “that in consultation with the CIE the railway line from Limerick to Limerick Junction be upgraded to provide a better connection to Cork”.
Cllr Mike Donegan seconded the motion.
He said that the construction of a new railway line from Charleville, through Athlacca, on Fedamore, to Meanus and to the city is “ridiculous”.
While not as intrusive as the new M20 motorway (regardless of the route chosen), farmers could very well do without new rail lines crossing their land. And especially since Cllr Martin Ryan says there is very little travel time savings for a huge expense.
“I was on a briefing on the M20 and Irish Rail talked about it. From what they were saying, they prefer to upgrade Limerick to Limerick Junction and the connection to Charleville. They are not in favor of building a line between Charleville and Fedamore.
Cllr Ryan added that Irish Rail said a new rail line between Charleville and Limerick “could shorten journey times by 15 minutes”.
“They said it was negligible. For just 15 minutes, they are also in a good position to work on the modernization of the existing line, ”said Cllr Ryan.
Cllr Ger Mitchell, who also supported the motion, said it “made sense to modernize the existing line”.
“Like Mike Donegan, a line through Fedamore, Athlacca… My God – what is it going to cost and more disruption and more objections,” said Cllr Mitchell.
Cllr Brigid Teefy said she had raised it at a meeting on Metro Limerick Shannon Metro Area Transportation Strategy and also supported Cllr Egan’s motion.