Modern railcars provide better services for commuters
A project to purchase and deliver a modern fleet of diesel railcars is providing commuters in Ireland with more efficient and expanded services.
Thirty-three “InterCity” type diesel railcars have been deployed on the Dublin outer commuter/regional rail market serving the towns of Portlaoise and Athlone in the Border, Midland and Western region.
Modern rolling stock
The cars replace 25 older models which would have required major overhauls to extend their useful lives and to bring them up to modern standards. The 33 units have been used to form six “train-sets”, one of which is three cars long, and five of which are six cars long.
The railcars are serving a part of Ireland which has experienced a significant rise in population over the last decade – and further increases are forecast for the coming years. The modernised fleet meets contemporary operational requirements and the needs of customers who rely on longer-distance commuter services.
In addition to providing carriages with more seating, the investment has contributed to the introduction of seven new daily services in the Border, Midland and Western region. After ordering in March 2007, the new stock was introduced into service from 2009.
This project is part of a wider programme to buy 183 railcars to upgrade the rolling stock fleet. The overall project also includes rail services to Carlow in the Southern and Eastern region of Ireland which is outside the scope of this specific ERDF funding decision, with costs apportioned based on stopping patterns.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the project “Purchase of 33 intercity railcars for the development of Dublin Regional/Outer Commuter Fleet for the South-West Corridor” is EUR 69 400 000, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 11 060 000 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The project falls under the “Border, Midland and Western Regional Operational Programme”, priority for “Urban Development and Secondary Transport Networks”.