Council to explore Athenry to Galway commuter train service

Pam Richardson, Emma Eliza Regan and Ali McGinn at a Downton Abbey-themed afternoon tea hosted by the gHotel prior to the screening of the Downton Abbey - The movie in the Eye Cinema on Thursday.

Pam Richardson, Emma Eliza Regan and Ali McGinn at a Downton Abbey-themed afternoon tea hosted by the gHotel prior to the screening of the Downton Abbey - The movie in the Eye Cinema on Thursday.

A designated commuter train from Athenry to Galway could become a reality after a motion was adopted calling on City Hall to work in conjunction with the Galway County Galway, to ask Iarnród Éireann, for such a service.

The motion was proposed by Fianna Fáil Galway City East councillor Alan Cheevers at Monday’s city council meeting.

The proposed service will involve a passing loop on the track in Oranmore and platforms at Oranmore, Roscam, Ballyloughane, and Renmore, to Galway city centre.

“This will give a great opportunity to link platforms with bus services to Parkmore and GMIT, to get people out of cars, and give a positive transport solution,” said Cllr Cheevers.

He also said funding for the service can be applied for through the urban regeneration fund and Department of transport.

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