Greener trains roll out across Ireland

The trains used in Ireland are being updated and the new fleet will be the greenest diesel train fleet in Europe, it has been claimed.

Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail) revealed that over Euro 400m is to be invested in 183 South Korean-built carriages, which will transform the country’s rail network.

Some of the new trains are already running on the Cork-Dublin, Sligo-Dublin and Limerick-Dublin lines.

Iarnrod Eireann chairman Dr John Lynch explained: “The transformation of our rail service is extraordinary – we have totally rebuilt our network, we have dramatically expanded commuter capacity, and now we are completing the task of a total renewal of our Intercity fleet.

“With record demand, and the best performance levels ever achieved on our network, we will continue to grow with the investment support from the Irish Government under Transport 21, to allow our rail services to play the strongest possible role in meeting the transport needs of our customers and our communities.”

Other routes on which the new greener trains will be rolled out on in the coming months include those between Rosslare and Dublin, Waterford and Dublin, Tralee and Cork, and the Carlow, Athlone, Portlaoise commuter routes.

James Cooper

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