Ministers hold progress meeting on All-island Rail Review | Newry Times

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Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon and the Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan T.D. held their first progress meeting with the consultants ARUP who are taking forward the all-island Strategic Rail Review. 


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This All-Island Strategic Rail Review will consider how the rail network on the island of Ireland can improve sustainable connectivity between major cities and towns, enhance regional accessibility including to the North West and support balanced regional development across our island.



In addition, the Review will consider the feasibility of higher speeds on the network and whether there is a potential to increase the use of the network for freight.

ARUP was appointed in July to carry out the review.

Minister Mallon said, “The appointment of ARUP was an important step forward in delivering our All Island Strategic Rail Review.


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“And I welcome the opportunity to meet them, along with Minister Ryan to hear the progress that has been made and importantly to personally convey a shared North-South ambition for this important work which will allow us to consider and improve our rail network across this island for everyone.

“I am pleased with the detailed work already carried out by ARUP and share with Minister Ryan the determination and dedication to making progress on this key project as quickly as possible.

“I have huge ambitions for our rail network on our island and it was encouraging to hear the shared vision at today’s meeting.



“There are real opportunities for communities across Ireland and significant benefits that a better-connected island could bring not just to people but also for our environment.

“With the Climate Crisis and the immediate challenges facing our natural environment, Minister Ryan and I have once again recommitted to working together to deliver clean and green transport on the island of Ireland.”

The Minister added, “This transformative project is key to our joint effort.”


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