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  • 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 ...

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    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 ...

  • Foynes (Photo: Shannon Foynes Port Company)

    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 ...

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    Metro Report International

    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 ...

  • Map of the Cherbourg-Bayonne rail motorway

    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 ...

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    Arup to undertake all-Ireland rail review


    EUROPE: Ireland’s Department of Transport and Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure have commissioned Arup to undertake an All Island Strategic Rail Review, which will consider how the 1 600 mm gauge rail networks can be used to improve connectivity, enhance regional accessibility and support balanced development. ...

  • Irish Rail DART sets at Howth Junction

    Arup awarded DART Coastal lines contract


    IRELAND: National railway Iarnród Éireann has appointed Arup to provide rail, civil works structural and environmentally consultancy services for the planned upgrading of the existing Dublin Area Rapid Transit network as part of the wider DART+ expansion programme. The project involves extending Dublin’s electrified suburban services ...

  • Translink NI Railways Enterprise (1)

    Cross-border Irish rail review to study sustainable expansion


    EUROPE: A Strategic Rail Review is to be commissioned to examine the potential for enhancing and expanding the island of Ireland’s rail networks, the republic’s Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan and Northern Ireland’s Minister for Infrastructure Nichola Mallon have announced. The ‘all-island’ review will ...

  • Synectics Security is to provide IP-based video surveillance on the coaches used on Iarnród Éireann’s Dublin – Cork inter-city services (Photo: Tony Miles).

    Iarnród Éireann CCTV update


    IRELAND: Synectics Security is to provide IP-based video surveillance on the coaches used on Iarnród Éireann’s Dublin – Cork inter-city services. The Synectics T2000 platform with fish-eye cameras in the vestibules and saloons will provide full connectivity from trains to the control room, replacing the existing onboard ...

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    Iarnród Éireann ticketing systems move to SaaS model


    IRELAND: As part of ongoing ticketing systems support contract, Cubic Transport Systems and partner Sqills have started the migration of Iarnród Éireann’s Sqills S3 Passenger booking, reservation and revenue management software from on-site hosting to a Software-as-a-Service model. ‘By adopting an ongoing upgrade path, Iarnród Éireann embraces ...

  • ‘Light rail has proven itself in many cities, including Dublin’, said TII Chief Executive Officer Michael Nolan.
    Metro Report International

    Cork light rail study commissioned


    IRELAND: Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the National Transport Authority have appointed Jacobs Engineering to analyse route options and develop initial designs for a €1bn light rail line in Cork. The proposed 17 km route would provide a high-capacity and high-frequency cross-city service, running from a park-and-ride ...

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    Kildare Line expansion project contract awarded


    IRELAND: Iarnród Éireann has appointed a joint venture of Atkins, TYPSA and TUC Rail, supported by RPS, to provide multi-disciplinary consultancy services for the project to increase capacity on the Kildare Line into Dublin Heuston station. The joint venture will develop the project from the concept through ...

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    Metro Report International

    Luas extension consultation as Dublin’s trams get longer


    IRELAND: Public consultation has begun on the Luas Finglas proposal to extend Dublin’s Green light rail line by 3·9 km from the current terminus at Broombridge. This would add four stops at St Helena’s, Finglas Village, Mellowes Park and a 600-space park-and-ride site beside the junction of ...

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    Ballina – Waterford freight trains to resume


    IRELAND: Global logistics company XPO is preparing to launch a regular freight service between Ballina in the northwest and the port of Waterford in the southeast.

  • Iarnród Éireann has awarded Indra a €32m contract to supply a highly automated traffic management system which will allow the majority of its 2 400 km network to be controlled from Dublin

    Iarnród Éireann awards national traffic management system contract


    IRELAND: National railway Iarnród Éireann has awarded Indra a €32m contract to supply a highly automated traffic management system which will allow the majority of its 2 400 km network to be controlled from Dublin. The contract announced on June 18 covers design, supply and commissioning of ...