Irish Rail would be very much in favour of developing a park and ride service from Athenry into the heart of Galway city – once the Gort to Tuam motorway is completed.
Not sure pressure on DoT or TII will be enough to secure funding.
In response, Don Cunningham, Infrastructure Manager with Irish Rail said that there was no funding available in the short to medium term to double-track the line between Athenry and Galway but were actively working to retain this option of doing so in the long term.
He said that capacity on the single line into Galway is fully utilised during the morning and afternoon peak times. “Significant improvements could be achieved with the doubling of the track from Athenry,” he said.
“Usage of this section could grow significantly when the Gort to Tuam motorway is completed thus adding the benefits of a park and ride location at Athenry with a frequent rail service into the heart of Galway city,” he added.
I'm sure short term they could address the exceptionally bad speeds, train rarely hits above 70 on the section with a lot of 50 and the 25 crawl into Galway.
It should be a constant 80-90 with a second platform (suitable for long train) in Galway instead of a station loop outside it which just slows everything down.