Western Rail Trail supporters will scour rail review “with fine tooth comb,” says Cannon

Oh what a knight - Participants and entertainers pictured at Claregalway Castle for the recent Claregalway Castle Shield 2019.

Oh what a knight - Participants and entertainers pictured at Claregalway Castle for the recent Claregalway Castle Shield 2019.

An East Galway TD has welcomed news that the appraisal into the viability of extending the Western Rail Corridor is to be presented to the Department of Transport this month.

Minister for the Diaspora and International Development Ciaran Cannon has said that supporters of the Western Rail Trail look forward to eventually going through the report “with a fine tooth comb” also saying that the review is the “final hurdle to leap” on the way to creating the Quiet Man Greenway.

“I am pleased that the economic and financial appraisal undertaken into the potential extension of the Western Rail Corridor will be presented to the Department of Transport this month,” he said.

“This means the process will then move to an independent peer review by the Department and final recommendations”.

“The supporters of the Western Rail Trail have waited patiently for this stage of the review as it is the final hurdle to leap on the way to creating the Quiet Man Greenway and we look forward to eventually going through the review with a fine tooth comb so that every aspect of the claims on the potential of an operational rail line is fully probed”.

Minister Cannon added “It now behoves all interested parties in this process to ensure that they respect the outcome of the report and should it highlight, as we expect, that the extension of the Western Rail Corridor is financially unviable, objectors to the Quiet Man Greenway should draw gracefully to one side,” he added.

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