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Galway To Limerck Train Finally Opened
 
# 1 : Monday 29-3-2010 @ 16:33
 
 
Finally today the train service has been opened. Galway to Limerick and stopping in Ennis.
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# 2 : Monday 29-3-2010 @ 16:34
 
 
The train takes longer than to drive up there. I suppose it's good for those who don't drive.
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# 3 : Monday 29-3-2010 @ 16:41
 
 
Someone said :
The train takes longer than to drive up there. I suppose it's good for those who don't drive.

That point was made on the news today, but its quite a short journey and most bus trips around the city take longer than driving..or even cycling.
I imaging the train has quite a few stops to facilitate passengers... no?
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# 4 : Monday 29-3-2010 @ 16:54
 
 
Someone said :

I imaging the train has quite a few stops to facilitate passengers... no?

Probably, but I hate trains so won't be using that service.
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# 5 : Monday 29-3-2010 @ 16:59
 
 
Someone said :
The train takes longer than to drive up there. I suppose it's good for those who don't drive.

Less good than necessary.
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# 6 : Monday 29-3-2010 @ 17:21
 
 
Someone said :

Less good than necessary.

The bus still goes there, so not necessarily necessary, just good.
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# 7 : Monday 29-3-2010 @ 17:24
 
 
Someone said :

The bus still goes there, so not necessarily necessary, just good.

Ohhhh, good point. You know there are no trains in Donegal, typically - there seems to be some sort of ridiculous resistence to the idea, as if maintaining some proud tradition or something. Whatever! Bloody burg...grumble...
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# 8 : Monday 29-3-2010 @ 17:27
 
 
So how many passengers will it carry daily? 30? 40 at a push? This Western Rail Corridor is a white elephant. The numbers just aren't there to justify the reopening of these lines. Ireland has very few rail lines that are viable in the long run and with all the new motorways opening, it will be much quicker to use the roads than rail services between our cities.

The focus should be on new commuter rail services for our cities and getting on with the Metro for Dublin.

The route should at least have served Shannon Airport - that would have made some sense but of course Irish policymakers don't have that word in their vocabulary.

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# 9 : Monday 29-3-2010 @ 17:28
 
 
Someone said :
So how many passengers will it carry daily? 30? 40 at a push? This Western Rail Corridor is a white elephant. The numbers just aren't there to justify the reopening of these lines. Ireland has very few rail lines that are viable in the long run and with all the new motorways opening, it will be much quicker to use the roads than rail services between our cities.

The focus should be on new commuter rail services for our cities and getting on with the Metro for Dublin.

The route should at least have served Shannon Airport - that would have made some sense but of course irish policymakers don't have that word in their vocabulary.

Bollocks!

Not all people drive and God help us if all we can rely on is Irish Bus! If anything we need more trains and rail lines.
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# 10 : Monday 29-3-2010 @ 17:29
 
 
i'm going there on wednesday with a friend i think so will see what its like - the bus is quicker though....
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# 11 : Monday 29-3-2010 @ 17:31
 
 
Personally I think this is great as having previously bused to Lim on many occassions its not a nice journey
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# 12 : Monday 29-3-2010 @ 17:35
 
 
The train just costs too much, if they had a better pricing scheme then it would become viable, but I see the Dublin Train pass almost everyday near empty.
The bus to Dublin costs €19.80 for an adult return.
The train to Dublin costs €58.00 for an adult return.

I know which I'd choose.
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# 13 : Monday 29-3-2010 @ 17:36
 
 
I fucking hate buses, I go to Dublin all the time and the train is much more expensive but I'll be fucked if I take the bus, no way!
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# 14 : Monday 29-3-2010 @ 17:37
 
 
Someone said :

Bollocks!

Not all people drive and God help us if all we can rely on is Irish Bus! If anything we need more trains and rail lines.

Well if it's carrying a small handful of people a day are the operating costs worth the expense?

Don't get me wrong - i think rail is a great mode of travel and it's important to offer a semi decent public transport service to the public. I just don't see how connecting Galway and Limerick will generate a huge amount of passengers. The rest of the Western Rail Corridor (WRC) - north of Athenry - is to be dropped. It was a typical boom time Bertie politcial concession to the West which can't really be afforded in the current climate.
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# 15 : Monday 29-3-2010 @ 17:38
 
 
Someone said :

Ohhhh, good point. You know there are no trains in Donegal, typically - there seems to be some sort of ridiculous resistence to the idea, as if maintaining some proud tradition or something. Whatever! Bloody burg...grumble...

but yous have an airport - on a beach! flew into it many times. when you're flying over the houses just about to land you can see the people putting turf on their fire.
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