Concern About Timeline For Works To Address Ballycar Rail Line Flooding

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Concern is being expressed about the timeline for works to address persistent flooding issues plaguing the rail line at Ballycar, near Newmarket-on-Fergus.

The issue has hit the headlines once more as the track has again been closed due to flooding.

Recent years have seen long-term disruption at times.


Last month was the wettest February in recent memory, and with significant flooding throughout the county it’s little surprise that the Ennis-Limerick rail line has been affected at Ballycar.

It has become submerged under several inches of water, and Irish Rail has taken the decision to close the line for the foreseeable future

Rail replacement services are in operation, and the ocmpany says the water levels there are likely to rise significantly in the coming days.

Sixmilebridge native Jim Meade is CEO of Iarnród Éireann – he is reassuring that work is ongoing on finding a solution.

However, concern is still being expressed in the Newmarket-on-Fergus area about the timescale of these works.

The multi-million euro investment has been labelled key to securing the future of the rail line, and quetions have been previously asked as to whether the OPW, Council or Irish Rail would foot the bill.

Local Fianna Fáil Councillor Pat McMahon says until a firm timeline is put in place, he won’t rest easy.