Suspended train service through county Kilkenny to resume next week
A train service, connecting south Kilkenny to the west of Ireland, suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic will return to service restarting next Monday.
The Waterford to Limerick Junction rail service, which runs through south Kilkenny, has been suspended since March 30, but Irish Rail have decided to resume trains on the line with two trains a day in each direction.
The move by Irish Rail has been welcomed by Waterford TD and Green Party representatives Marc O Cathasaigh, who says the line is vital for the local economy and will work to see the line used more.
“Links between our regional cities are critical to achieve balanced regional development and these cities’ growth.
“I have been working closely with Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan to make sure that this service got reinstated. We now need to work on making the service more attractive for users travelling between the two cities and intermediate towns,” Deputy Ó Cathasaigh concluded.
“I welcome the re-opening of the Limerick-Waterford service, as well as the Limerick-Ballybrophy service”, said Brian Leddin. “We will work with Iarnród Éireann and Minister Ryan to increase the quality, frequency and speed of services on this line, and connection with services to Galway, to increase the economic and social impact of these lines on the regional economy”.
The Limerick-Waterford service consists of a morning and evening service each way between Waterford and Limerick serving stations at Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel, Cahir and Tipperary.
Both the Mooncoin and Fiddown stations have been closed down by Irish Rail during the latter part of the 20th century.