As for Waterford, any new station will not be as close to the bridge so that's one inconvenience. Given that passenger trains will have to run along the present through road (deemed unsafe since the rockfall), why not spend some money on additional rockfall protection and leave the station where it is? Use the savings to automate a few more level crossings and save on operational costs.
Irish Rail projects may be well-engineered, but are often hopelessly inappropriate.
As part of the relocation, 12 million will be spent on the rock face. The project is not anything to do with Irish Rail (no funding/design) but they support it. The plan is Goverment are giving around 20 million towards it and most will be on the rock with the remaining costs funded by developer.
The location is opposite the bus station via a pedestrian/bus only bridge and of course new road access in Ferrybank. We shall see what movement there will be next year as An Bord Pleanala cleared the SDZ back in June to allow final planning take place.
One could argue why the 12 million cannot be spent now and return main platform into use in the meantime.