On track for the races — Oranmore railway station to open on Sunday

Oranmore Station will open for customers on Sunday, with the official opening by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar TD taking place on Monday afternoon, right in time for the Galway races.

The station will be served by a mixture of Galway/Dublin and Galway/Athenry/Limerick services, with 23 services calling at the station daily (Mon-Fri ), 22 on Saturdays, and 15 on Sundays. The journey time from Oranmore to Galway is just seven minutes, and customers can travel to Limerick, Dublin and a range of intermediate stations also.

There will also be some time changes to the Galway/Dublin and Galway/Limerick timetables from Sunday July 28, to accommodate the new station and to improve punctuality further on the route.

Customers are advised to check all departure times before travel, and Iarnród Éireann would particularly draw customers’ attention to: 11.30, 13.30 and 15.30 Galway to Heuston services, which will be advanced to 11.05, 13.05 and 15.05 respectively

Full details on the schedule are available at www.irishrail.ie

Oranmore Station will feature a platform and ticket vending machine, with help points for those with mobility and sensory impairments. Bicycle parking and car parking facilities will also be provided. The car park will be owned and operated by Galway County Council and will provide 300 spaces at the station.

Racegoers should note that a shuttle bus service will operate from the station to the racecourse at Ballybrit for the duration of Race Week. Racegoers may use the bus transfer to Ballybrit and return to Oranmore or take the bus to the city centre after the races and then take the train from Galway Station if they wish.

The construction of the station has been funded by the National Transport Authority, which has also approved the timetable changes.

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