Galway TD welcomes support for extending Western Rail Corridor

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Galway East TD Seán Canney has welcomed cross-party support for extending the Western Rail Corridor at a recent meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications.

At the meeting, Oireachtas members including Stephen Matthews (Green Party), Dara Calleary (FF), Alan Dillon (FG), Rose Conway Walsh (SF) and Senator Sean Kyne (FG) all spoke in favour of extending the Western Rail Corridor further north to connect Tuam to the National Rail Network.

There was support for the ambition to connect Galway and Mayo by linking Claremorris to Athenry.

“I have continuously advocated for such investment and I called for unity of purpose in ensuring that the infrastructure require in the regions is delivered,” said Deputy Canney.

“I have also called for unity in our campaign to ensure that Tuam and North Galway are connected to the National Greenway Network by providing a loop off the proposed greenway from Dublin to Galway.”

The Independent TD said that it should be our ambition to deliver both as a right for people to have parity in the infrastructure being delivered.

“We should never sacrifice one piece of infrastructure for another. The regions need investment, and these two projects are well within our reach”.

“The Joint Oireachtas Committee will be lodging a submission to ARUP, the Consultants employed to carry out the review and I expect that the submission will be positive towards the Western Rail Corridor expansion northwards.”