Irish Rail


Delighted that there has been "some progress" but on reading the article it isn't quite as rosy as Statty will want to spin it

"Iarnród Éireann is to announce the appointment of consultants to oversee the construction of eight new commuter rail stations to the northwest and east of Cork city.

Contracts have also been awarded by the rail company for the appointment of consultants for the electrification of the Cork commuter network and for the provision of a new maintenance depot for an electrified fleet of up to 150 carriages.

The work will involve the construction of six new commuter rail stations at Monard, Blackpool, Tivoli, Carrigtwohill West, Waterrock and Ballynoe, and the construction of two park-and-ride commuter rail stations at Blarney and Dunkettle.

Iarnród Éireann said it anticipates the work will be completed by 2030, subject to the granting of planning permission and the allocation of funding."



This is yet another pre-election announcement of what may happen in the future. Alas we've seen before that while much is promised what actually materialises can be anything, even just a photograph of a sod-turning with some candidates front and centre. Hopefully this will all come to fruition, but I must say I'm surprised that while there is to be a station in Monard - which despite ambitious plans for a new village/town centre around the country cross-roads currently has a large railway siding but about a twenty houses in total, yet there's going to be nothing in Grenagh which already has hundreds of houses in new estates nestled around a pre-existing village with pub, church, supermarket, petrol station, pitch etc

We've been getting glossy brochures and announcements from on high for over two decades and more on the development of a commuter rail between Mallow and Cork and to date not a single station has been re-opened along that line. Now we are told that it'll all be completed in 6 years. Let's just say I'll believe it when I see it.
 
Delighted that there has been "some progress" but on reading the article it isn't quite as rosy as Statty will want to spin it

"Iarnród Éireann is to announce the appointment of consultants to oversee the construction of eight new commuter rail stations to the northwest and east of Cork city.

Contracts have also been awarded by the rail company for the appointment of consultants for the electrification of the Cork commuter network and for the provision of a new maintenance depot for an electrified fleet of up to 150 carriages.

The work will involve the construction of six new commuter rail stations at Monard, Blackpool, Tivoli, Carrigtwohill West, Waterrock and Ballynoe, and the construction of two park-and-ride commuter rail stations at Blarney and Dunkettle.

Iarnród Éireann said it anticipates the work will be completed by 2030, subject to the granting of planning permission and the allocation of funding."



This is yet another pre-election announcement of what may happen in the future. Alas we've seen before that while much is promised what actually materialises can be anything, even just a photograph of a sod-turning with some candidates front and centre. Hopefully this will all come to fruition, but I must say I'm surprised that while there is to be a station in Monard - which despite ambitious plans for a new village/town centre around the country cross-roads currently has a large railway siding but about a twenty houses in total, yet there's going to be nothing in Grenagh which already has hundreds of houses in new estates nestled around a pre-existing village with pub, church, supermarket, petrol station, pitch etc

We've been getting glossy brochures and announcements from on high for over two decades and more on the development of a commuter rail between Mallow and Cork and to date not a single station has been re-opened along that line. Now we are told that it'll all be completed in 6 years. Let's just say I'll believe it when I see it.
Here we go folks, open the popcorn as Volunteer Sound_y was complaining only on Monday last that Cork gets "Nada,Nilch" until it was pointed out to him yet again that hundreds of millions of €€€ was already on site in Cork as phase 01 was under construction (Sound_y wanted phase 02 constructed first even though phase 01 has to facilitate phase 02) and the funding locked-in from State and E.U.

Any good news of huge investment in Cork for homes, rail, airport or infrastructure is always a monumental hammer blow to the perma outraged Volunteer Sound_y.


FRI, 24 MAY, 2024 - 07:00

'A good day for Cork': Transport Minister to announce start of the next phase of major rail plan​

The next phase is set to deliver eight new commuter rail stations across the Cobh, Midleton and Mallow lines, among other elements.
'A good day for Cork': Transport Minister to announce start of the next phase of major rail plan

Transport Minister Eamon Ryan will be in Cork today to announce the commencement of the next phase of the transformation of the Cork Area Commuter Rail (CACR) network – a project which the minister said will “completely transform transport in and around the city”. Picture: Larry Cummins

AMY POWER
Transport Minister Eamon Ryan will be in Cork today to announce the commencement of the next phase of the transformation of the Cork Area Commuter Rail (CACR) network – a project which the minister said will “completely transform transport in and around the city”.
The next phase is set to deliver eight new commuter rail stations across the Cobh, Midleton and Mallow lines, among other elements.
Funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) under Project Ireland 2040, Iarnród Éireann has awarded a contract to TYPSA and Roughan O’Donovan appointing them as multi-disciplinary consultants for the design, planning and construction of this phase of Cork commuter rail network investment.
The eight new stations are set to be developed at Blackpool, Monard, Tivoli, Carrigtwohill West, Waterrock, Ballynoe, Blarney and Dunkettle.
This phase of the CACR programme is also expected to see the electrification of the Cork commuter network, the delivery of a fleet maintenance depot to cater for a new electrified fleet of up to 150 carriages and the upgrade of nine existing commuter stations on the Cork network.

Iarnród Éireann said that the programme being officially announced today will, in conjunction with existing rail projects underway, deliver a rail network offering “high frequency, high quality rail commuter services to more communities, with a network capacity of trains up to every 10 minutes on all three commuter lines – Cork to Cobh, Midleton and Mallow”.
The rail operator, together with the multi-disciplinary consultants, will develop the design of the stations, depot and electrification and other associated infrastructure, before applying to An Bord Pleanála for a Railway Order - equivalent of planning permission - by the end of 2025.
Minister Ryan said the CACR programme represents “the largest investment in the rail network in Cork undertaken by the State”.
“It will completely transform transport in and around the city, increasing train capacity and frequency, and connecting communities from Cobh to Midleton to Mallow along a sustainable and reliable rail spine.
“This is a good day for Cork and is another stepping-stone in our ambition to introduce a new age of rail, here in the Rebel County, and right across the country.”
Iarnród Éireann chief executive, Jim Meade, said the planned upgrades will serve a growing number of rail commuters.
“We are seeing record demand across our Cork commuter rail network, and we look forward to working with our consultants, and the NTA, EURRF [European Union’s Recovery and Resilience Facility] and Department of Transport to deliver a network that will facilitate millions more sustainable journeys for the people of Cork and those visiting every year,” he said.
Today’s announcement is in addition to the ongoing projects in the Cork Area Commuter Rail programme, such as the construction of a new through platform at Kent Station, the Glounthaune to Midleton twin track project and a major signalling upgrade project.
These existing projects are funded by the EURRF and the National Transport Authority under Project Ireland 2040.
 
Delighted that there has been "some progress" but on reading the article it isn't quite as rosy as Statty will want to spin it

"Iarnród Éireann is to announce the appointment of consultants to oversee the construction of eight new commuter rail stations to the northwest and east of Cork city.

Contracts have also been awarded by the rail company for the appointment of consultants for the electrification of the Cork commuter network and for the provision of a new maintenance depot for an electrified fleet of up to 150 carriages.

The work will involve the construction of six new commuter rail stations at Monard, Blackpool, Tivoli, Carrigtwohill West, Waterrock and Ballynoe, and the construction of two park-and-ride commuter rail stations at Blarney and Dunkettle.

Iarnród Éireann said it anticipates the work will be completed by 2030, subject to the granting of planning permission and the allocation of funding."



This is yet another pre-election announcement of what may happen in the future. Alas we've seen before that while much is promised what actually materialises can be anything, even just a photograph of a sod-turning with some candidates front and centre. Hopefully this will all come to fruition, but I must say I'm surprised that while there is to be a station in Monard - which despite ambitious plans for a new village/town centre around the country cross-roads currently has a large railway siding but about a twenty houses in total, yet there's going to be nothing in Grenagh which already has hundreds of houses in new estates nestled around a pre-existing village with pub, church, supermarket, petrol station, pitch etc

We've been getting glossy brochures and announcements from on high for over two decades and more on the development of a commuter rail between Mallow and Cork and to date not a single station has been re-opened along that line. Now we are told that it'll all be completed in 6 years. Let's just say I'll believe it when I see it.
Funding won’t be an issue. With climate change targets you’re going to see big investment in public transport in Cork and Dublin and Limerick also. It’s not the scale of Dublin metro so I’d be optimistic this will be done in the next decade.
 
Funding won’t be an issue. With climate change targets you’re going to see big investment in public transport in Cork and Dublin and Limerick also. It’s not the scale of Dublin metro so I’d be optimistic this will be done in the next decade.
Dublin Metro will be mired in all sorts of issues for years if it ever even happens at all.

The funding for Cork Irish Rail expansion is locked in and now developers and local authorities can plan housing and infrastructure etc around these 8 new stations.
 
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