Proposed €35 Billion Rail Modernization Plan Unveiled for Ireland

Proposed €35 Billion Rail Modernization Plan Unveiled for Ireland
28 July 2023
Est. Reading: 2 minutes

Newcivilengineer.com is reporting that a transformative €35 billion railway infrastructure renewal program has been proposed in a joint report by the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, marking the first major cooperation between the two nations on rail development.

Drafted by engineering firm Arup on behalf of the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland and the Department of Transport in the Republic, the All-Island Rail Review outlines recommendations to revolutionize connectivity and transport sustainability across the island.

The comprehensive 30-point strategy identifies upgrades to address gaps in the current railway network's coverage, speed, and service frequency compared to European standards. Recommendations include dual-tracking intercity routes, restoring discontinued lines, building new spur lines to connect airports, extending the network to unincorporated areas, and long-term electrification.

To better integrate North and South, the plan calls for faster Dublin-Belfast trips and restoration of the Derry-Portadown line to link major Northern cities. Improved Western corridor service and new connections to places like Letterkenny and Rosslare are advised in the Republic.

Per the report, full implementation could take up to 25 years and cost between €35-36.8 billion, with the Republic contributing approximately 75% of capital. Consultations will continue until late September before finalization.

Proposed €35 Billion Rail Modernization Plan Unveiled for Ireland

The sweeping proposals aim to provide expanded transport access, stimulate economic growth, and support emissions reduction targets across the island.

If approved, the initiative could generate substantial engineering and construction jobs over decades of planned upgrades and expansions. Industry professionals will be monitoring developments closely as this historic cooperative rail vision takes shape.


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