WDC Chairman Welcomes Reduced Fares on all Trains on Galway – Limerick Rail Line

The Chairman of the Western Development Commission, Paddy McGuinness, has welcomed the recent announcement by Iarnród Éireann of special promotional fares on the Galway – Limerick route. These promotional fares will offer great value for customers travelling by train between Limerick and Galway, with fares reduced by over 50% in some instances.

Iarnród Éireann operates five services a day each way on the route between Limerick and Galway. Services are operated by trains equipped with free wi-fi, and the schedule gives options to daily commuters, to leisure and to business users between the two cities. The company also plans to introduce online booking for services on the route in the coming weeks.

Mr. McGuinness also welcomed the opening of services at Oranmore Station. The station now hosts a total of 23 services daily including trains to Galway/Athenry/Limerick. The journey time between Galway and Oranmore is just seven minutes. There has been significant growth of 17% in the numbers of rail commuters between Athenry and Galway since the re-opening of the line in 2010. It is anticipated that the numbers availing of the services will grow further with the opening of Oranmore Station.

“WDC warmly welcomes the reduced fares and the additional options for travel between Galway and Limerick and we encourage people to avail of the services. We commend Iarnród Éireann for the recent initiatives and suggest that usage of the services would be further boosted if journey times were reduced and if inter-city rolling stock was used as recommended in last year’s Goodbody’s report” said Mr. McGuinness.

“We recognise the importance of rail, road, air and sea infrastructure. We realise that no region can compete for new jobs or hope for economic viability without good modern efficient connections to markets. The West of Ireland has, for too long, lagged behind in all four forms of transport. We will be working hard over the next few months on a campaign to convince both the EU and our own Government to put plans and resources in place to redress the current regional imbalance in infrastructure” concluded McGuinness.

For further information please contact:
Raymond McGreal CEO
Western Development Commission