Rail Investment Positive but Commuter Stations must be Developed

Cork Chamber welcomes the Government’s most recent approval of drawdown of €74m in Q3 from the EU recovery and resilience fund to upgrade Cork’s commuter rail network.

Commenting, Conor Healy, CEO Cork Chamber, said, 

“Having a green light to move forward with the electrification and planned upgrades to Cork’s rail network, under the EU recovery and resilience fund, is most welcome. This is another positive step in the direction towards a sustainable future for Cork’s public transport system and the realisation of a key element of CMATS.”

“Urgent project delivery is now key to support the 100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities designation recently awarded to Cork and to facilitate the population and economic growth set out in the National Planning Framework. It is also vital that the development of stations along each of the suburban rail routes set out in CMATS is delivered at pace to maximise the return from this investment. Cork requires a fully functioning, efficient and reliable suburban rail service and now is the time to deliver.”