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New metropolitan rail network to ‘transform’ the city of Cork; Taoiseach says project can be completed soon

DUBLIN: The Government has announced new plans for a metropolitan rail network for Cork as part of Ireland’s new economic recovery plan. The €184 million project includes plans to develop new routes through Cobh, Midleton, and Mallow. There are plans to improve Kent Station and build new stations in Tivoli, Blarney, Kilbarry and other locations.

Taoiseach Michéal Martin said the Government had decided to complete the project soon. “I don’t have a timeline in terms of the actual completion but it’s part of the Cork metropolitan rail network which was announced some time ago that county councils are involved in it but this is something that can happen quickly,” he said.

“That allocation will have to be in the next two years, what’s happening here is the electrification of the route from Midleton to Mallow, a new line also,” the Taoiseach said.

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan said the project would ‘transform’ the entire city of Cork. The minister also said that similar projects would be implemented in Limerick, Galway and Waterford.

According to the Minister, 30,000 houses are zoned beside, along, and near the new stations. “It’s a signal to the developers on the councils in Cork, we build around substations we build sustainably, we do transport-led development,” he said.

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