Irish Rail Allocated €5 million from Government’s Storm relief funding
Minister for Public & Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly, has today announced just over €5 million worth of funding towards repairing Iarnród Éireann’s infrastructure and equipment which was damaged by the recent bad weather. This includes roof repair at Kent station Cork.
Approximately, €2.8 million will be allocated to repair the roof which recently collapsed at Kent station Cork resulting in a temporary halt to services in the station.
“This is a welcome move. Having recently visited the station, some of the damage caused by the severe winds was quite dramatic. This funding will go towards the full repair of the roof with an additional 500,000 for renewal works on depot buildings. All transport operators must be safety conscious at all times and I look forward to the repair works being complete ,” stated Minister Kelly.
The funding is part of a wider overall package of €70million funding recognizing the widespread damage caused by the severe weather. In all Irish Rail will be allocated €5million. Plunkett station Waterford will see in excess of €1 million being spent to both clear up previous rock-falls and protect against future similar occurrences. There will also be some remedial and repair works at Pearse station Dublin and minor works in other stations.
“Train stations are a hugely important access point for public transport. Much of the country’s transport infrastructure suffered from the recent bad weather, so we have made a decision to re-allocate funds targeting the worst areas of the rail system affected,” stated Minister Kelly.
Minister Kelly thanked passengers for their understanding and patience during the disruptions and inconveniences caused by the bad weather and particularly those effected by the flooding of the line between Limerick and Ennis. Bus services will remain in operation between Limerick and Ennis for a number of weeks.
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