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    Irish diesel loco to be converted to hydrogen fuel


    IRELAND: National railway Iarnród Éireann is to work with Latvian traction technology company DiGas to undertake a proof-of-concept conversion of a diesel locomotive to use hydrogen in its existing engine. IÉ will provide one of its EMD-built Class 071 locomotive dating from the 1970s for the ...

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    Dublin and Cork tram orders planned


    IRELAND: Rail and road project agency Transport Infrastructure Ireland is drawing up plans to begin replacing Dublin’s tram fleet and procure vehicles for future Irish light rail lines. Dublin’s 44 km Luas tram network has a fleet of 81 Alstom Citadis trams ordered in four tranches ...

  • Cork signalling announcement

    Cork Area Commuter Rail programme makes progress


    IRELAND: The Cork Area Commuter Rail programme is progressing ‘swiftly’, according to Iarnród Éireann CEO Jim Meade, with the award of the signalling works contract for the project. The programme to upgrade the lines radiating from Cork to Mallow, Cobh and Midleton is intended to improve ...

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    Dublin metro project client partner team appointed


    IRELAND: Rail and road project agency Transport Infrastructure Ireland has appointed a client partner team to oversee delivery of Ireland’s first metro. The automated line being developed under the MetroLink project would start at Swords in the north of Dublin and run for 18·8 km mostly ...

  • Drogheda station will be equipped with battery charging facilities

    Battery-electric train fast charging facility ordered


    IRELAND: Alstom has been awarded a contract to provide a fast-charging facility for the battery-electric multiple-units that it is to supply to Iarnród Éireann as part of the DART+ programme to enhance commuter services in the Greater Dublin area. The charging equipment is to be installed ...

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    All-Island Strategic Rail Review makes 30 proposals to develop railways in Ireland


    EUROPE: The draft All-Island Strategic Rail Review has been published, making 30 recommendations for development of the railways in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. These include expanding the total network from 2 300 to 2 950 km, along with electrification, higher speeds and more ...

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    Ireland: Building confidence to secure a positive future


    After five years as Chief Executive of Iarnród Eireann, Jim Meade sees bright prospects for Ireland’s national railway. Passengers are returning after the coronavirus pandemic, and the government has identified a valuable role for rail in its move to a more sustainable transport mix, he tells Tony Miles.

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    DART+ train mock-up unveiled in Dublin


    IRELAND: National railway Iarnród Éireann has unveiled a full-scale mock-up of the electric and battery-electric multiple-unit cars which Alstom is to supply for the DART+ programme to enhance rail services into Dublin. The units from Alstom’s X’trapolis modular commuter train platform will ...

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    Dublin’s DART+ South West electrification agreed


    IRELAND: The cabinet has approved the DART+ South West project to provide ‘fast, high-frequency and electrified’ suburban train services from Hazelhatch & Celbridge station to Dublin Heuston. An application for a Railway Order granting planning permission for the project is to be submitted to planning body ...

  • IE Class 29000 DMU with Aura livery

    Iarnród Éireann DMUs reliveried


    IRELAND: Commercial vehicle graphics specialist Aura Brand Solutions has reliveried 17 Iarnród Éireann four-car CAF Class 29000 diesel multiple-units as part of their mid-life refurbishment. This involved the removal of all existing branding and full anti-corrosion treatment, followed by the preparation and spray painting of the ...

  • Limerick - Foynes phase 1 contract

    Limerick – Foynes railway reopening contract awarded


    IRELAND: Rehabilitation of the Limerick – Foynes line to enable freight services to restart is set to begin in February, after Iarnród Éireann awarded John Sisk & Son a contract for the first phase of work. The 42 km line closed to passenger traffic in 1963, ...

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    Iarnród Éireann battery-electric train order approved


    IRELAND: National railway Iarnród Éireann has been given the go-ahead to place a firm order for a further 18 five-car Alstom battery-electric multiple-units as part of the DART+ programme to expand Dublin commuter services. The order was approved by the cabinet on November 29 and is ...

  • Irish freight train (Photo: Tony Miles)

    Iarnród Éireann plans to award wagon supply framework contract


    IRELAND: Iarnród Éireann has begun procurement for a multi-year framework contract covering the supply of up to 400 wagons of various types to meet its future needs. The national railway plans to place an initial order for approximately 200 wagons, including a sub-fleet of up to ...

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    Limerick to Foynes railway reopening plan


    IRELAND: Iarnród Éireann has invited expressions of interest in rehabilitation works for the reopening of the line from Limerick to Foynes on the Shannon estuary. The 42 km line which last saw a revenue train in 2000 would initially be reopened for freight, connecting Shannon Foynes ...

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    Powers sought for Dublin’s DART+ electrification project


    IRELAND: A formal application is being lodged for powers to upgrade and electrify Iarnród Éireann’s suburban routes from Dublin Connolly/Spencer Dock to Maynooth and M3 Parkway. The DART+ West enhancement project is to be funded by the National Transport Authority under Project Ireland 2040. According to ...

  • Dublin MetroLink Tara Street station impression
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    Cabinet backs Dublin automated metro business case


    IRELAND: The cabinet has approved the preliminary business case for the proposed MetroLink automated metro in Dublin. This will enable Transport Infrastructure Ireland to submit a planning application in September and begin procurement next year ready for construction to start from 2025. Opening is envisaged in ...

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    UK and Ireland to Spain ‘rail motorway’ to go ahead


    FRANCE: Brittany Ferries is going ahead with plans for a ‘rail motorway’ service carrying unaccompanied lorry trailers between the port of Cherbourg and the European Freight Centre at Bayonne near the Spanish border. This will offer connections at Cherbourg with ferries to Poole and Portsmouth in ...

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    Battery power to extend Dublin commuter services as Alstom wins DART fleet renewal


    IRELAND: Alstom was formally confirmed as supplier of up to 750 suburban multiple-unit cars for Iarnród Éireann as part of its DART+ Programme on December 13, having been named preferred bidder in June.

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    Ballina – Waterford service signals IÉ freight revival


    IRELAND: Iarnród Éireann and XPO Logistics have formally launched a regular rail freight service between Ballina and Waterford, with a ceremony at the port of Waterford on September 29.

  • IBB President Newton B Jones (left) and TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes signed a strategic partnership agreement in 2020.

    Railway unions discuss international merger


    INTERNATIONAL: The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association in the UK and Ireland and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers in the USA have announced talks with a view to merging by July 1 2022. TSSA has more than 18 000 members at rail, ferry, bus and associated companies ...