The Euros 106.5 million project has involved reopening 58km of line
between Ennis and Athenry, with new stations at Sixmilebridge, Gort,
Adrahan, and Craughwell. Infrastructure works were completed at the end
of last year and driver training is now underway, although the
reopening was delayed by flooding late last year.
The service will be launched with five return trains per day between Monday and Friday with four on Sunday. The journey time will be around two hours.
The second phase of the project will extend the line 25km north from
Athenry to Tuam, with a further 27km extension proposed from Tuam to
Claremorris. However, funding for phases 2 and 3 is currently in doubt
due to the difficult economic climate.