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Irish Rail Launch National Freight Plan With Ports Among 2040 Strategy

1st December 2021
According to the Dept of Transport, the new Rail Freight 2040 Strategy launched today by IrishRail and Minister Hildegarde Naughten targets a five-fold increase in freight services on Ireland’s rail network. This will reduce our CO2 emissions by 25,000 tonnes annually and enhance our connectivity. Above containers from operator Samskip at the Port of Waterford. According to the Dept of Transport, the new Rail Freight 2040 Strategy launched today by IrishRail and Minister Hildegarde Naughten targets a five-fold increase in freight services on Ireland’s rail network. This will reduce our CO2 emissions by 25,000 tonnes annually and enhance our connectivity. Above containers from operator Samskip at the Port of Waterford. Credit: Port of Waterford-twitter

Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) has launched a national rail freight plan in Ballina in Co Mayo, which aims to increase operations in line with growth in demand across the EU.

As RTE News reports, the company says the expansion will be in line with the Government's Climate Action Plan goals.

Ballina is one of Iarnród Éireann’s key hubs for the movement of freight, with container services operating to Dublin Port and, in recent months, to the southeast of the country.

This morning, the rail yard was busy organising the transportation of Coillte pulpwood to Waterford Port (see Samskip container business)

The Rail Freight 2040 Strategy aims to have a five-fold increase in operations, including over 100 new weekly services across the network with new low carbon modes of transport.

To read more including from Glenn Carr, General Manager of Rail Freight Ireland (and Rosslare Europort Afloat adds) click here.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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