Monday, November 29, 2021

A Mayo town has been selected as the venue for the launch of Iarnród Eireann’s new National Rail Freight 2040 Strategy this Wednesday morning, December 1.

Ms Hildegarde Naughton TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport with Special Responsibility for International Transport and Logistics will officiate at the launch event at Ballina’s rail freight yard.

Ballina is one of the rail network’s most important hubs currently, with container freight services operating to Dublin Port (in partnership with IWT) and Waterford Port (in partnership with XPO), and pulpwood transported to Waterford Port for Coillte.

The new rail freight strategy will outline strategic initiatives under five pillars which are targeted to increase rail freight operations five-fold.  The new strategy is aligned with Climate Action Plan goals to decarbonise transport, and is being launched during the European Commission’s European Year of Rail 2021, which targets growth in rail freight across the EU.

The new strategy’s aims include:

  • A five-fold increase in the number of rail freight services, to include over 100 new weekly services across the rail network
  • A resulting reduction of 25,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, with rail freight emissions per unit as little as 16% of HGV emissions
  • Avoiding the requirement for 140,000 HGV journeys on our roads annually

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