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Unread 28-02-2015, 17:53   #1
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Read in the papers around a week ago that Louth County Council are going to ask Irish Rail to reopen the station.

Don't know the line well but it passes close to the town however population wise it seems remarkable small. Taking away the capital costs would an unnamed station be viable with only commuter service operating.

Last Dublin bound train would be at 12.40 while the other way bar two evening peaks and late night services there is nothing. Didn't realise there was such a difference in frequency to Drogheda than Dundalk.

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Unread 28-02-2015, 22:22   #2
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Duleek is located on the Navan branch line which splits off the main line before Drogheda station it would not be served by Dundalk services. Very unlikely to reopen. https://www.google.ie/maps/place/Dul...c7a99731f9 90
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Unread 28-02-2015, 22:28   #3
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Duleek is located on the Navan branch line which splits off the main line before Drogheda station it would not be served by Dundalk services. Very unlikely to reopen. https://www.google.ie/maps/place/Dul...c7a99731f9 90
Stupid me, no wonder I couldn't find the article. I meant to say Dunleer and here is the link:
http://www.independent.ie/regionals/...-30998931.html
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Dunleer comes up every couple of years. If they didn't do it during the boom... Would probably have been a rounding error in the WRC budget and provided more daily passengers, mind you.
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It says Louth Co Council are asking for this. It should say attention-seeking gombeen Louth Co Councillors, who know nothing about railways and some of whom probably think is simply a matter of getting trains to stop there when passing through.
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When adding a new station, there has to be some caution regarding the impact on existing passengers. There's no point adding a station that provides 50 pax per day, if the extra time for Dundalk commuters sends 50 of them into their cars or onto the bus.

I know this was one reason why a 2nd Midleton station was rejected, so hopefully the same logic applies in Louth.

It would possibly not be so bad if the line was electrified, but the diesel railcars accelerate so slowly that it would take time.
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You are absolutely correct. Adding stations and increasing journey times has the potential to make the overall service less attractive for other users.

Ideally all Dundalk and Drogheda peak period services would run express between Connolly and Skerries as there is more than sufficient demand to do between 0700 and 0830 and between 1630 and 1800. Indeed a service of this quality would probaly more than double rail's market share which has undoubtedly declined in recent years due to service quality issues and the quantum improvement in competing modes. If this were the context then reopening Dunleer would not be an issue as overall journey times would still be attractive for Dundalk commuters.

Unfortunately the future for longer distance rail commuters looks bleak as journey times increase and gross overcrowding persists due to a combination of inadequate infrastructure and service policy.
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