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Unread 14-10-2011, 13:34   #21
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Might get an extra five passengers a year with the demise of Galway airport...
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Unread 16-10-2011, 17:38   #22
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If Limerick-Galway through services are cut, that means a big reduction in Galway-Athenry which might have an impact on loads there unless some of those services become Athlone-Galway when commuters lose their preferred inbound or outbound. Of course, that presumes those services are well patronised as they are but if works begin at Oranmore it makes sense to try and maximise the number of trains using it. As I have said before if Ardrahan, Craughwell or even Gort services are loading/disembarking in single digits they should be skipped if by so doing through services can be made quicker and more attractive.
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Unread 26-10-2011, 04:50   #23
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What's that? About 27/28 per train?

That's the kind of numbers that got Waterford-Rosslare closed. And they were getting thos numbers without 100 million invested in the line.

The problem is that either the line gets faster or nobody will use it. But then there's no money to make it faster.

More cost effectively, continuing through to Waterford without a change and providing proper connections to Cork may help numbers a bit.
Most if not all rail services in this country are not profitable. But the country still needs to have a rail service. People still have to get around the country, and buses aren't always reliable or accessible.

Everyone says there's no money around, but there is. 20 million Euro e.g. was found to police the country while foreign heads of state visited earlier this year. I can think of far better uses for that 20 million to be spent, including on railway infrastructure.
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Unread 26-10-2011, 07:38   #24
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I would take some issue with the comment "The country needs a rail service" as what the country needs is a fast, reliable, safe and comfortable public transport system. If the most effective way of providing this is with a rail service then so be it. As I sit here in Enfield thanks to the Maynooth - Clonsilla signalling system giving up yet again, I might take issue with reliable.

There is one key difference between the WRC and Rosslare - Waterford in that the operating costs are much lower as the WRC line has considerably more level crossing and signal automation. So it is probably reasonably safe for the moment.
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Unread 26-10-2011, 09:21   #25
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The net loss per annum on the WRC is greater than what Rosslare Waterford 2.5 vs 2.1 million
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Unread 26-10-2011, 09:32   #26
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People still have to get around the country, and buses aren't always reliable or accessible.
There's nowhere in the country that a bus service can't reach but there are vast tracts that are no-where near a rail service. Which one is more accessible?
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Unread 26-10-2011, 12:15   #27
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There are stations planned for Oranmore and Crusheen. The former might be warranted, but given the levels of custom at places such as Ardrahan, Gort and Craughwell, spending good money on Crusheen would be complete madness? Do they have the courage to say "no" to this one?
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Unread 26-10-2011, 12:39   #28
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Oranmore fair enough. It's a sizable town and has the added benefit of being between Athenry and Galway, so easier to serve.

But the support for Crusheen is scandalous.

If it gets a station before a large town like Blarney or a densely populated suburb like Blackpool, there should be war.
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Unread 27-10-2011, 19:59   #29
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There's nowhere in the country that a bus service can't reach but there are vast tracts that are no-where near a rail service. Which one is more accessible?
There may be nowhere that a bus service can't reach, but there are many places that bus services ignore.

We're not Malta or Cyprus, we need to have a rail service. Dublin's buses would be full to bursting if it wasn't for the Luas, and at rush hours, the Luas/DART runs through the city while the bus sits in the traffic. The same can be said for the rail network throughout the country.
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Unread 28-10-2011, 08:29   #30
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There may be nowhere that a bus service can't reach, but there are many places that bus services ignore.
Do they ignore those places because they have a decent rail service? You said buses weren't accessible - show me some place in Ireland that buses can't access?
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Totally irrational line. You can get the bus with Bus Eireann and it takes 80 minutes.
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Totally irrational line. You can get the bus with Bus Eireann and it takes 80 minutes.
And your point is?
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