Irish Railway Record Society
JOURNAL 194 IRISH RAILWAY NEWS
FOR RAIL REGULATION
August 2017, the Commission for Rail Regulation released their 2016 Annual
previous years, a detailed examination was conducted of all of the Railway
Undertakings (Iarnród Éireann, Luas, the Railway Preservation Society of
Ireland and Balfour Beatty Ireland), the Infrastructure Management (Iarnród Éireann
and Transport Infrastructure Ireland), as well as which heritage railways such
as Waterford & Suir Valley and Stradbally were monitored. Compliance with
law and recommendations issued previously was undertaken.
general, the news is positive, with all operators making moves to improve
compliance and safety. Various items were brought up for attention and a number
of items closed off. There was a concern that the relationship between the CRR
and IÉ was becoming strained, but this appears to be recovering.
interest is a section on the Foynes line. The CRR has engaged with the
Shannon-Foynes Port Authortiy and Iarnród Éireann regarding the possible
re-opening of the line. The CRR issued a Letter of Acceptance for Concept Stage
on 2 June 2016 for the rehabilitation of the Foynes Line and reconnection to the
mainline at Limerick.
full report is available on the website www.crr.ie
TRANSPORT AUTHORITY (NTA)
In an introductory presentation to the Seanad Committee on Brexit, CEO Anne
Graham and Public Transport Regulation Manager Anneliese Jones outlined some of
the possible issues surrounding the effects of Brexit.
concern for the railways is the future of the current Enterprise
workings from Dublin to Belfast, jointly managed by Iarnród Éireann in the
Republic and Northern Ireland Railways in the North. It is anticipated that the
current agreements will be able to continue post-Brexit.
“hard” border between north and south would result in a “very significant
impact” on cross-border public transport, making it “impossible to deliver
reliable journey times for passengers”.
Go Free: Between Monday 3 July and Sunday 16 July
2017, any Child Leap card user (under 19 years ago) could travel free on any
service where Leap cards are valid, including bus services. It was designed to
increase the usage and awareness of public transport.
reported that over 640,000 free trips were provided across all modes in the two
weeks, a 50% increase in numbers over a comparable period. This is the fourth
year of the campaign.
reported in the Limerick Leader that
Limerick City and County Council and the National Transport Authority have
formed a partnership to develop a Transportation Plan for Limerick, similar to
what has been produced for Dublin.
modes of transport are being discussed, with light rail being heavily pushed.
This would include connections to existing rail services (such as a new station
on the Killonan Junction – Ballybrophy line), and airport and sea connections.
Two lines would be envisaged, running north-to-south and east-to-west.
advisory board is expected to be formed in late 2017.
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