Ministers launch public consultation on All-Island Strategic Rail Review | Newry Times

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Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

Minister for Infrastructure Nichola Mallon, and Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan have invited members of the public to have their say on the future of rail on the island of Ireland as part of the All-Island Strategic Rail Review.


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A key element of the Review will be gaining insights from interested stakeholders and the wider public.

These views are critical in shaping and developing the rail network across Ireland.



Submissions are invited from all those interested in the future of rail on the island of Ireland, recognising the important role that rail can play in our quality of life, economic activity, and the environment.

The public consultation will give people the opportunity to put forward their views.

Minister Mallon says, “Since coming into office, I have been clear that it is my priority to address the regional imbalance, tackle the climate crisis and better connect communities across Ireland. 

“I have huge ambitions for our all-island rail network and I believe it has massive untapped potential to deliver multiple benefits across our island.  



“The All-Island Strategic Rail Review will allow us to consider our network across this island to view how we can improve it for everyone. 

“I am delighted today, along with my colleague in the South, Minister Eamon Ryan, to launch a public consultation to seek views from communities and stakeholders across this island on their vision for our rail network.

“There are real opportunities for communities across the island and significant benefits that better connections could bring not just to people but also for our environment and economy.

“This is an ambitious piece of work that will help inform our decision making and investment in our rail network for years to come.

“So I would encourage everyone to get involved with the process and put forward their views.

“This is a unique opportunity to shape the future of connectivity across Ireland.

“And I’m looking forward to hearing from communities across our island on what we can do together to deliver lasting change across our country,” Minister Mallon adds.

Minister Ryan comments, “I’m delighted to launch this public consultation on the future of rail on the island of Ireland.



“We want to hear people’s views on how rail can support social and economic development across the island, enhance regional accessibility and improve connectivity between our major cities. 

“I would encourage all interested parties to participate in shaping the outcome of this important review.”

For more information on how to participate, and to read the policy objectives which frame the review, click here.

The deadline for receipt of submissions as part of this public consultation is 5 pm on 21 January 2022.


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