Rail services to Mayo, Sligo and Galway are under threat unless Irish Rail receives 460 million euro cash injection for the rail network, according to a front page story on today’s Irish Independent.
The government has been told that intercity services to Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Kerry, Waterford and Wexford face being axed unless a massive investment to compensate for years of underfunding is sanctioned.
Even if more money is approved, lightly used services are likely to be shut because they are too expensive to operate and don’t carry sufficient passengers.
Only the Dart, Dublin and Cork commuter services and intercity services between Dublin and Cork, Belfast and Limerick would remain.
The revelation comes as the Cabinet signed off on a 115 million euro spending spree under the National Framework Plan yesterday. The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned people in rural Ireland to be realistic in their expectations for services. He said it’s not viable to have “railways to everywhere”.