Growth of 22% on Galway – Limerick Rail Services in 2016

November 16, 2017

Patronage on the Galway Limerick Intercity rail line has soared 22% in 2016 pointing to annualized passenger numbers of 420,600.

The annual rail survey by the National Transport Authority finds that 1,402 people travelled Galway-Limerick on census day, 17 November 2016, an increase of 22% on 2015.

With rail passengers counted six days a week throughout the year, this would equate to 420,600 passengers in 2016. The Business Case for Galway-Limerick had projected 220,000 by 2020. In fact, patronage has almost doubled – fully three years earlier than projected. And while rail travel nationally is up 19% between 2012 and 2016, the increase for Galway-Limerick is 38%.

“Rail is enjoying a renaissance,” said a West on Track spokesman. “These figures confirm the findings of the Cicero report of 2015 and show this rail route is one of the fastest-growing links in the country. There is no justifiable reason for further delay in the reinstatement of train services between Galway and Mayo.”

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Plug Mayo into Motorway Network

September 27, 2017

Claremorris Chamber of Commerce has called on the Government to sanction the planned motorway between Galway and Mayo in its forthcoming capital spending plan.

Ahead of the opening of the M17-M18 Gort-Tuam motorway on Wednesday 27 September, the business group said plugging Mayo into the national motorway network would be a huge boost for regional development.

“The original plan was to build the motorway from Gort to Claremorris”, said spokesman Kealan Flynn. “With Gort-Tuam now open, and an extra €4 billion for capital spending, money is not a problem. The Design Report, EIS and CPO documents for the 28 km from Tuam to Claremorris are done. The CPOs could be issued today. The next stage of the Atlantic Corridor could be open 18 months after the first sod is turned. A short stretch from Claremorris to the N5 – and Castlebar and Westport would also be linked to the national motorway network”, he added.

The Government has pledged an Atlantic Economic Corridor to enable the west to catch up the east. With the Cork-Limerick motorway a national priority, a three-city region – Cork, Limerick, Galway – is taking shape. Extending the motorway from Galway, first to Mayo and then to Sligo, pulls in the west and north-west, and puts an all-island, post-Brexit economy within reach. The Atlantic Economic Corridor is supported by 2,250 Irish-owned and multinational firms employing 73,500 people in the west, mid-west and north-west regions.

Claremorris Chamber of Commerce is calling on the Government to ensure the west and north-west regions get a fair share of the spend from the capital plan due by year-end.


Further information: Kealan Flynn, Cicero Communications, 0877 474747

High Speed Broadband: Today in the Irish Times

June 5, 2015

There’s a story about high-speed broadband in Claremorris, in today’s Irish Times:

Silverbridge Centre Works Completed

September 18, 2013

The Silverbridge Centre in Claremorris, spruced up just a year after Claremorris Chamber of Commerce brokered a deal involving NAMA,Mayo County Council and Conway Builders to have the derelict area cleared and landscaped. There is new hoarding around the building, a new footpath crosses the green area, and a knee-high wooden fence now circles the site. “The link between town centre and shopping centre is restored,” says Claremorris Chamber president Jimmy Flynn. “This is good for the commercial fabric of Claremorris and the shopping experience in Claremorris. There’s a wide-open green space here for a big crowd. All we need now is the Sam Maguire!”

Before Silverbridge Work sliverbridge work completed

Pictured as the finishing touches are applied are Eugene Waldron, Jimmy Flynn and Sheila Hunt of Claremorris Chamber.

Motorway Back on Track

July 20, 2012

The Chamber is delighted that the Government have given the go-ahead for
the M17-M18 Tuam-Gort motorway. This is critical infrastructure – vital to our
town and region. Work could start as early as next year and should take about
three years. The motorway will begin about 10 miles south of Claremorris and
will cut the journey time to Galway in half.

Representatives of the Chamber have since met Transport Minister Leo
Varadkar to discuss the detail and to lobby him to sanction the next phase of
the motorway, from Milltown to Claremorris. It’s too soon to say when money will
be available. However, we will continue to lobby hard for the next phase, as we
have successfully done for this one.

The road approved this week adds to the attractiveness of Claremorris as a
place to do business. It’s yet another resource to add to the stockpile we have,
including industrial-grade electricity, broadband and natural gas connectivity.
Claremorris now offers industry 110kV power supplies, 156Mb broadband speeds,
and connectivity to Corrib when it comes on stream.

Claremorris Railway Station Celebrate 150 years

July 18, 2012

Claremorris Railway Celbrates 150 years

Chamber Pressing Government & NRA for N17 Motorway Upgrade

February 26, 2012

N17-N18 Tuam-Gort MotorwayClaremorris Chamber is pressing the Government and National Roads Authority to use the same funding formula that got the N7-N11 Arklow-Newlands Cross motorway started, to be used for funding the N17-N18 Tuam-Gort motorway.

A €100m PPP involving the Government, European Investment Bank and Bank of Ireland means the new N7-N11 Arklow-Newlands Cross road will be open by 2014.

If the NRA can work up a similar PPP for the N17-N18 Tuam-Gort, there’s a good chance it could be finished by 2017. The Chamber can then push hard for the much shorter new stretch from Claremorris to Milltown to be prioritised.

The NRA, though strapped for cash itself, wants to get the N17-N18 Tuam-Gort built sooner rather than later. It says the construction will be cash-positive for the Exchequer from 2013-2016 and it intends to put that case to Transport Minister Leo Varadkar once it proves that project funding is available. The indications are that the preparatory work on the private financing will be done towards the end of this year.

The new, 57-km N17-N18 Tuam-Gort road, which will meet the Tuam bypass south of Milltown, is part of the ‘Atlantic Corridor’ between Letterkenny and Waterford. For connectivity, it’s as important as our high-speed, fibre-optic Metro MAN in making Claremorris a hotspot for investment.

The N17-N18 Tuam-Gort, which is to be done via PPP, stalled when the recession began and private funding dried up. But important steps have already been taken and more are planned, which we hope will get the project started before long. The statutory approval is in place and a preferred bidder picked to build and manage the road. Outstanding is the funding. That’s what we’re chasing.

We’ll keep you posted.

$300m undersea fibre-optic cable to connect to Claremorris

December 10, 2011

Claremorris is set to get connected to the new $300m transatlantic fibre optic telecommunications cable linking the US and Canada directly to the UK and Europe via County Mayo.

Welcoming the news, the Chamber of Commerce says it strengthens the town’s position for inward investment, especially for high-tech companies that depend on world-class telecoms.

With a Metropolitan Area Network already delivering lightning-fast, fail-safe broadband to the two big high-tech employers in Claremorris, CBE and DeCare Dental Insurance, the stage is now set for a determined push for new broadband-hungry industries in cloud computing, data centres and gaming software. These companies will have instant access, both to the existing gigabit speeds already available in Claremorris and to speeds measured in terabits per second from the undersea fibre optic cable.

Claremorris Chamber congratulates developers, Emerald Networks and PiPiper, and promoters Mayo County Council and the Department of Communications. This initiative consolidates the position of Claremorris at the intersection of the north-south and east-west arteries of fibre, electricity, road and rail infrastructures. Claremorris is also located just 30km (20 miles) from Ireland West Airport Knock.

If you’re wondering how an undesea fibre optic cable gets laid, there’s an interesting video right here.


Metropolitan Area Network & Backhaul Now Delivering World-Class Broadband in Claremorris

July 15, 2011

On 17 June 2011, Minister Pat Rabbitte switched on a world-class telecoms and high-speed broadband system, called a Metropolitan Area Network, which delivers reliable, high-speed, secure connectivity to the Internet for Claremorris.

Watch the video here and view the photos here.

The MAN is now being used to stream the Internet at lightning speed to the town’s biggest employers, CBE Software and DeCare, and to Mayo County Council.

Commenting on the announcement, Chamber President Eugene Waldron said: “This is a red-letter day for Claremorris. The town is fully enabled for broadband 100 times faster than the typical internet connection. Jobs that depend on lightning-fast, affordable broadband are waiting to be won. The MAN is a priceless asset that will help Claremorris compete on the world stage. The Chamber will hunt hard for high-end jobs that will keep our kids here and our community strong”, he said.

The new network is thanks to the combined efforts of Claremorris Chamber of Commerce, e|net, IDA Ireland, Magnet Networks and Mayo County Council, a point echoed by the Minister. “Broadband is the key to inward investment in the regions”, he said. “Here in Claremorris, the Chamber, the Council and individual companies got together to make sure the project became a reality as quickly as possible. I am sure it’s a model that will work well in other towns across Ireland.”

Maureen Walsh, CEO of DeCare Dental Insurance Ireland, and Gerry Concannon, CEO of CBE Software, said the MAN is vital to the success of their firms. Ms Walsh said it could help DeCare grow jobs by 10%. Mr Concannon said it ensured his company’s R&D centre and global software hub could be located in Claremorris which, he said, was well positioned to become the Silicon Valley of Ireland.

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