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Limerick to Foynes Freight Line

As part of the Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail Rail Freight Strategy 2040 and working with our colleagues in the Shannon Foynes Port Company, we are planning to deliver a reliable, frequent and sustainable logistics option for the many companies that currently or in the future will use the port of Foynes.

The 42km stretch of railway between Limerick and Foynes originally opened in 1858 but has been inactive since 2001. The line remains under the stewardship of Iarnród Éireann and will now be renewed to support the reintroduction of rail freight services on the line.

Under the Iarnród Éireann Rail Freight 2040 Strategy we’re committed to positioning rail at the centre of Ireland’s freight transport system, creating connections and giving greater opportunity for business to switch from road freight to more sustainable rail freight. Reopening of the line, working with our colleagues at the Shannon Foynes Port Company, we will deliver a reliable, frequent and sustainable logistics option for many companies that currently or in the future will use the port of Foynes.

The line regeneration, while initially for rail freight services, will not preclude the possibility of passenger services being reintroduced on this line in the future subject to further infrastructure upgrades and funding.

 

Key project elements

Construction has commenced on phase one of this project, funded by the Department of Transport, which involves the following works:

  • Vegetation clearance and removal of existing track.
  • Replacement of track formation and installation of a new ballast bed to current Iarnród Éireann standards.
  • Rehabilitation and / or renewal of bridges and culverts.
  • Supply and installation of new rail and concrete sleepers along the entire route.
  • Renewal of road infrastructure at public road level crossings.
  • Renewal of accommodation crossings.
  • Renewal of lineside fencing.
  • Installation of infrastructure to accommodate the next phase of the project

 

Next Steps

Work has commenced on phase one of the project which is anticipated for completion in 2024.
Phase two of the project will include; provision of a signalling system for the route, CCTV level crossings, train communications system and track connections and upgrades at Limerick and in Foynes Yard. Subject to funding allocation for phase 2 it is expected that this work will take 18 months to complete, and it is anticipated that the route will open for freight services in 2025.


The project team will engage with communities and stakeholders along the route throughout the coming months.
Contact details.


The project team can be contacted by emailing foynesproject@irishrail.ie

 

Project update, September, 2023


Works are progressing well on phase one of the reopening of the Foynes to Limerick railway line. Recently, the River Maigue bridge at Adare was lifted out for restoration and repairs and it is anticipated that it will be reinstated early in 2024. Work started on the project early this year. The construction strategy was to start the works in the Foynes area and then move eastwards in the direction of Limerick city. All the rail for the project and the first batch of new concrete sleepers have already been delivered to site.

Site Clearance and removal of the existing track commenced in Spring 2023 and will be completed by the end of the year. Boundary fencing has commenced and is ongoing between Foynes Port and Adare, with large sections of palisade fencing, concrete post and wire fencing and timber post and wire fencing now complete. Works at Robertstown Viaduct have also commenced, beginning with the demolition of the existing structure. The new structure is programmed to be substantially complete by Spring 2024.

Track excavation and earthworks are underway for new track bed and ballast together with installation of ducting & drainage pipes along the route. It is anticipated that track laying will commence early in 2024.

Phase two of the project will include the provision of a signalling system for the route, CCTV level crossings, train communications system and track connections and upgrades at Limerick and at Foynes Port. Subject to funding allocation for phase two it is expected that this work will take 18 months to complete, and it is anticipated that the route will open for freight services in 2025.

The 42km stretch of railway between Limerick and Foynes originally opened in 1858 but closed to passenger traffic in 1963. Freight services continued until 2001. When these services stopped the line was declared inactive, but the line remained under the stewardship of Iarnród Éireann.

The project aligns with and supports Iarnród Éireann’s Rail Freight 2040 Strategy, and the recently launched strategic review of the Shannon Foynes Port Company Masterplan, Vision 2041. The reopening of the Limerick to Foynes rail line for freight services also satisfies several EU, national, regional, and local development objectives. The proposed project contributes to objectives of common interest with the EU as defined in Article 7 of the TEN-T guideline, with the following specific contributions:

  • Interconnection of the modes of transport rail and ship services, promoting intermodal transport.
  • Promotion of environmental protection by strengthening freight transport via rail and sea rather than road transport.
  • Extension of interconnections

Our CEO, Jim Meade with Pat Keating, CEO of Shannon Foynes Port Company at the unloading of track for the project at the port

Our CEO, Jim Meade with Pat Keating, CEO of Shannon Foynes Port Company at the unloading of track for the project at the port.

Ongoing site clearance near Askeaton

Ongoing site clearance near Askeaton.

lifting of the Maigue Bridge at Adare

 

Lifting of the Maigue Bridge at Adare

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