Cork Chamber Welcomes Progress Announcement for Cork Area Commuter Rail Programme

Cork Chamber, the voice of business in Cork, is delighted to welcome Minister Eamon Ryan’s announcement today of the commencement of the next phase in transforming the Cork Area Commuter Rail network. This phase will deliver eight new commuter rail stations across the Cobh, Midleton and Mallow lines, a new fleet maintenance depot and the electrification of the network. This will play a pivotal role in transforming Cork's transport infrastructure, creating a well-connected, efficient, and sustainable network that aligns with Cork’s ambitions to become a climate-neutral city by 2030.

“We wholeheartedly welcome the announcement by Minister Eamon Ryan for these vital rail projects. The development of new railway stations, the electrification of the network and the new fleet maintenance depot will enable the increase in frequency of the commuter service; all of which are crucial to creating a well-connected and efficient transport network in Cork. These enhancements will not only improve daily commutes for many but will also significantly contribute to our goal of becoming a climate-neutral city by 2030,” said Conor Healy, CEO, Cork Chamber.

“We commend Minister Eamon Ryan, the National Transport Authority (NTA), Cork City Council, Cork County Council and Irish Rail for their commitment to advancing Cork’s transport infrastructure. This collaborative effort is essential for the successful delivery of these projects, which will have a lasting positive impact on our community and play a significant role in talent attraction,” Mr. Healy added.

“It is imperative that these projects are delivered on schedule to meet the growing demands of our city and to support our environmental goals. We call on all stakeholders to maintain momentum and ensure that these transformative projects are completed without delay.”