Ireland announces €185m investment for rail lines upgrade in Cork

WCN Editorial Team 2 Jun 2021 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Government of Ireland has announced €185m investment for the upgrade of railway lines in Cork.

The funding for the upgrade of the metropolitan commuter rail line in Cork is part of the government's new €1bn recovery plan.

As part of the recovery plan, a significant amount will be allocated to support investments to address green transition that include future electrification through investment in Cork commuter rail.

The funding will be utilised to upgrade the rail lines on the north of Kent Station as well as the construction of new railway stations at Blackpool, Tivoli and Blarney.

It will also be used to increase connectivity between the Midleton/Cobh to Cork railway lines as well as the Mallow and Cork lines.

Cork City North East Green Party councillor Oliver Moran was quoted in Irish Examiner as saying: “The concentration of this money on Cork shows a real commitment to deliver in the city and commuter area.

“This is big money that will enable commuter rail all the way from Mallow to Midleton and Cobh, laying the groundwork for new stops at Blarney, Blackpool and Tivoli.

“It continues a real shift of investment to the north side of the city too. We can see that new energy around the North Docks already, in the plans for MacCurtain Street, works starting for a commuter cycle network all the way from the city to Little Island and Glanmire, and route planning for the Northern Distributor Road, which will have sustainable and public transport built-in.”

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Government of Ireland announces €185m investment for rail lines upgrade in Cork. Credit: Andrewrabbott (talk)/ wikimedia.

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