Minister restates there’s no money to reopen Kingscourt rail line

Commuters from Cavan and Monaghan will have to make do with the car or bus as the Transport Minister has again said there’s no funding to reopen the Navan to Kingscourt rail line.

The last passenger service ran on the line in 1947, with freight services continuing until 2001. With more people in this region commuting to Dublin, there have been calls for the Government to extend the country’s rail infrastructure and reopen the line to Kingscourt.

However, last December the CEO of Irish Rail Jim Meade said there were no immediate plans to do so.

Responding to a question from local TD Niamh Smyth, Transport Minister Shane Ross said the Kingscourt area is served by buses and the M3/N2 routes will benefit from planned improvements under Ireland 2040.

However, he says the next review of the Transport Strategy won’t be carried out until 2021.