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    The Northern Corridor Railways Group today published a document calling on the Executive to commission a comprehensive Railway Development Study for the route

    A number of delegates at a conference to launch the report in Derry today are also calling for the line to be extended into Donegal.

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    Today's launch was attended by a senior official from Iaranrod Eireann, the rail netwrok in the republic, who outlined the work underway to restore the Western Rail Corridor between Limerick and Sligo.
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    The first and easiest step is to properly upgrade the railway between Ballymena and Derry. Speeds are limited over most of the track between those two points to around thirty miles an hour, which means that the rail journey between Derry and Belfast takes two and a half hours. The bus takes two hours and the railway has suffered accordingly.

    If Westminster won't provide the cash Dublin must.

    I recall a few years back where both Gregory Campbell and John Hume jointly sponsored a plan where direct Derry to Dublin trains taking three and a quarter hours would be possible with proper investment in the Derry line. A bit more of that from the North west's politicians on both sides of the border please.

    In the longer term, a railway linking Sligo, Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Donegal, Ballybofey, Strabane and Derry with a spur to Letterkenny should be the ultimate objective. This would achieve a full link up on the west coast railway system and would not be as prohibitively expensive as rebuilding the Derry - Strabane - Omagh - Dungannon - Portadown railway.

    Coherence is needed to push the restoration of railways to Donegal.
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    Rail in Ireland as a whole is a bit hokey, to be honest. Look at the growth of the road network - not without its faults of course but the level of investment is evident. Yet it still takes 3 hours to cross from Dublin to the west by train. 3 hours to go 100-150 miles. And huge swathes of Ireland (and Dublin) aren't even served by rail. I'm not sure where all this allocated money is going. Rail can't compete with the private car in the long run unless they improve journey times and reach more areas like Donegal.

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    A rail link from Limerick to Galway and Galway to Sligo is a far higher priority.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith-M
    A rail link from Limerick to Galway and Galway to Sligo is a far higher priority.
    Well, Ennis - Athenry is being done as we speak, Athenry - Tuam - Sligo will be next and so therefore improving access to Derry and Donegal by rail isn't going to affect the timing of those projects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DLR
    Rail in Ireland as a whole is a bit hokey, to be honest. Look at the growth of the road network - not without its faults of course but the level of investment is evident. Yet it still takes 3 hours to cross from Dublin to the west by train. 3 hours to go 100-150 miles. And huge swathes of Ireland (and Dublin) aren't even served by rail. I'm not sure where all this allocated money is going. Rail can't compete with the private car in the long run unless they improve journey times and reach more areas like Donegal.
    Successive governments on both sides of the border are to blame for that state of affairs.
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    A rail link from Derry to Letterkenny is a non starter , firstly a new bridge over the Foyle in Derry would be needed , costing up to €85 million , land acquisition would be impossible as the route would be through villages etc, and there is no location in Letterkenny that a train station would suit. The costs would be frightening and who would want to wait on a train into Derry when you can drive in 15 mins !!!! The idea is being pushed by SDLP in Derry as they are looking for funds to do the Derry Belfast upgrade and need cross border funding. The only clown who is even mentioning it in Donegal is gullible Joe Mc HughTD. The SDLP lads are laughing at him , no other politican is remotely interested in the subject in Donegal as they know it's a crazy fantasy.

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    Well, why not discuss the idea rather than dismiss it because someone doesn't like Joe McHugh?
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    The reasons are financial , Fine Gael are against the aerlingus move to Belfast and want it reversed , so to hear FG saying they want a railway from Letterkenny to Derry is cynical I would expect you to have a balanced view as you are probably from the mid west region , cultieland. There is as much hope of it happening as you have of landing on the moon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bora Bora
    The reasons are financial , Fine Gael are against the aerlingus move to Belfast and want it reversed , so to hear FG saying they want a railway from Letterkenny to Derry is cynical I would expect you to have a balanced view as you are probably from the mid west region , cultieland. There is as much hope of it happening as you have of landing on the moon.
    Not great at the ole English language are you? Cynical?

    And FG aren't against AL setting up a new base in Belfast. We just believe the government should protect the SNN-LHR route as a shareholder and this is one the main aims of any government - to maintain balanced regional development and connectivity with the outside economic world
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