Call For Further Development To Bring Ennis Train Station Up To Standard

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It’s claimed Ennis Train Station is in need of significant development, having been forgotten about while other stations received investment.

Irish Rail has lodged plans to redevelop the county town’s station to improve its accessibility for those with mobility issues.

But this is dependent on funding too, which has caused frustration locally.


Iarnróid Éireann has lodged an application with Clare County Council for to carry out redevelopment works at Ennis Railway Station.

The company is seeking permission to carry out the works aimed at making the station more accessible for those with mobility issues.

This would include the removal of the existing temporary steel footbridge, having a new one with accessible lifts constructed and modifications to the existing platforms.

Jane Cregan from Irish Rail says the project is dependent both getting permission from the local authority and the availability of funding.

Irish Rail also says that, should this project be given the green light, Ennis Train Station will remain open throughout the works.

While their move has been welcomed, it’s also led to concern about other issues there.

Over 200,000 passengers annually pass through Ennis both by bus and rail.

Local Fine Gael Councillor Mary Howard says given this level of business, and the amount of work carried out elsewhere in Ireland, it’s important that further developments are looked at out there too.