Western Rail Corridor on course for over 420,000 journeys this year.

April 23, 2019

Iarnród Éireann said today that the Limerick to Galway line’s status as the fastest growing route on the network looks set to continue in 2019, as over 91,000 journeys were recorded on the line in the year to 24th March.

This compares with 74,000 journeys for the same period last year.  Allowing for seasonal factors, and the impact of flooding in Ballycar in early 2018, the company predicted that journeys on the line will reach 420,000 this year as a result.

This will continue the significant growth recorded in recent years.  As recently as 2014, full year journeys on the route totalled just over 225,000.   

YEAR PASSENGER JOURNEYS
2010 185,254
2011 224,166
2012 235,555
2013 219,209
2014 225,116
2015 278,532
2016 289,323
2017 352,706
2018 387,408
2019 (forecast) 420,000 (est)

A range of measures to boost demand included

–          Introduction of Intercity railcars on key services

–          Free car parking at WRC stations

–          Additional marketing of Taxsaver tickets and student travel

–          In 2013, Oranmore Station opened, and online ticket sales introduced for route, heavy discounts implemented

The growth is being experienced across the route, with city to city journeys surging, with a particularly strong student demand.  In addition, Athenry to Galway commuter services – incorporating Oranmore Station – and Limerick to Ennis have strong patronage.

Issued by:

Corporate Communications,

Iarnród Éireann,

Connolly Station,

Dublin 1.

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