Friday, May 2, 2014

Rosslare to Waterford Rail Line should be reopened

A local election candidate believes that reopening the Rosslare to Waterford Rail line would bring new jobs to Wexford.  Mick Roche said that the closed rail line would play an important role in Sinn Féins plan for the development of Rosslare Europort.

"The Rosslare to Waterford Rail line was closed four years ago," Mr Roche said, "It was a mistake and more a result of the mismanagement of the service than lack of interest or future for the line.  Today it lays dormant and the stations across the line are falling into disrepair."

"Sinn Féin is pushing for the deepening of a berth at Rosslare Europort from 7.2 to 9 meters to allow larger freight traffic into the port.  With the emergence of new markets in the east, Rosslare could be utilised much more for the export and import of goods."

"Not only could I see the huge potential in landing cargo containers into Rosslare, but I could also envisage the large scale export of agri produce from the port.  For this we need two things; a new cargo depot at the port and a reliable rail link."

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