THE Ennis to Limerick rail line is due to re-open tomorrow after being closed for a number of months.
The train line has been flooded at Ballycar since late January, but the flood waters have finally receded and normal services will resume from early tomorrow.
Flood waters rose to a maximum height of 1.60m above the railway track during some flood events, despite works which saw Iarnród Éireann raise the track level by 60 centimetres at Ballycar in 2003.
Speaking to Clare FM, Irish Rails’ Jane Cregan commented: “We’ve had a number of incidents over the last number of years where we have had prolonged closures due to flooding in the area. It’s unfortunate for our customers”.
She also pointed out that it could be some time before any work is done on the rail line.
“There is issues that would have a greater impact on the environment in the area if we were to do a big job on this and obviously there would be a massive financial implication on this as well and it would be subject to funding, but at the moment the funding to put in place the solution to raise the track,” Ms Cregan added.