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ALL IRELAND RAIL NETWORK - THE FINAL RAIL LINK - DONEGAL
There are three main modes of transport countrywide - car, bus and rail. The car is king everywhere; followed by the bus for volume commuting, and the rail network trails in third mainly linking cities and towns and for high capacity commuting in the capital. Each has its own advantage. The car goes DIRECT to all areas, the principle of 'movement'. Bus and Rail go as directed mainly using the radial system all via the centre - the most INEFFICIENT of all. All Counties in the Republic of Ireland have a rail line except Donegal. Now with a more favourable climate towards public transport we have an opportunity to finally put this right. This Final Rail Link will have many advantages, not alone to Donegal, but to the whole country as well, both North and South. This link is strategically located to complete the full rail network for the whole country.
 
Recently, we looked at the route and layout of this final link (we had previously looked at this link back in 1996), and found it very satisfactory in many ways for a project of this nature. We estimate the cost would be in excess of ONE BILLION EUROS, including a by-pass for Ballybofey and single route by-pass from Sligo to Bundoran. The funding would come from the massive saving on the Dublin Transport plan I have on this website (as opposed to the multi -billion plan put forward by the RPA). There is more to Ireland than Dublin! It appears that if a plan is for Dublin the cost or waste is never questioned, but outside of Dublin, (except for motorways), every Euro is examined 'over and over' with the purpose of saying NO.
 
Here, below, we list the MAIN ADVANTAGES of completeing an All-Ireland Rail Network:-
  1. It fully compltes a rail network around Ireland
  2. It gives Donegal a rail line
  3. It is ideal for tourism from all parts of Ireland and overseas
  4. It is ideal for tourist movements on bad weather days
  5. It can help keep more of our indigenous tourists at home with the beauty of the area
  6. Rail capacity is needed with citizens living longer
  7. There is more room on rail for elderly and people with disabilities to get around
  8. It gives a status to the West in all ways including business
  9. It maximizes efficiency of existing rail
  10. It links North and South via the West
  11. It benefits Colleges and Universities by providing easier access for students
  12. More business and studying can be done on a train
  13. It can develop freight movements in the future
  14. Donegal will no longer be isolated
  15. It can bring more employment to the area
  16. It increases the efficiency of the Western Corridor
  17. It benefits Knock and Derry airports
  18. There is clear vision of beautiful scenery all the way from a train
  19. It allows more local movements and bus connections
  20. It gives a better balance between all modes of transport
  21. It is a more suitable mode of transport for cilmate change conditions

The waste in the Dublin projectsdue to the radial system, nullification, land use omission, duplication, congestion, fuel waste and use of different rail line gauges and so on, amounts to over one billion Euros every year. The same amount that is wasted in Dublin should be used to build the 'FINAL RAIL LINK' in DONEGAL.
 
TOM NEWTON
 

METRO THREAT to a transport solution for all Ireland by Tom Newton

The routing of Metro and the rail interconnector are a real threat to the transport system on cost and inefficiencies. This massive waste requires additional State funding subsidies. Thus resulting in massive pressure from bus "knockers" to pick up on the easy target - THE BUS - to reduce the bus subsidy and so on. The Metro will be seen as 'the good guy'. There are five major flaws in the proposed routing of the Metro system that will drive up cost (waste), outside of the actual construction. These are:-

  1. THE RADIAL SYSTEM. Like the spokes of a wheel, all via th centre. The main reason why public transport has to be heavily subsidised. It has hit the trillion mark throughout the world in losses over the years. Integrating ticketing proves very costly with the 'radial system'.
  2. NULLIFICATION. This is the other big flaw in public transport, stopping it from solving the transport problems. It nullifies any gains. So how does it affect the Metro? If the Metro carries 100,000 passengers per day, how are these made up of the public transport users? Well it is suggested that this total would be made up of transfers from buses and other modes of public transport, but the transfers would not be from new users of public transport, thus leaving as many cars on the road as was the case originally. Thus, there is very little gain for such a big outlay!
  3. LAND USE OMISSION. Inany transport solution, land use is is the most important to address the transport problems to get a balance both in the city and the on the outskirts. Land Use ismore important now due to so many commuters travelling long distances from the countryside due to the greed of buildres and developers allegedly pushing up property prices for their own selfish gains.
  4. GAUGE. This reference to track size is also important as it allows different line systems, particularly for future extensions to maximise line potential. If you look on this website to my suggestions, for example, the '3 in 1' rail links you will see how this makes sense and it also reduces inefficiencies.
  5. REVENUE EXPLOITING. By routing the Metro Network in a selective way in 'selective' areas, the land value in the routed areas is raised. This allows the local authorities to put on additional taxes or levies near the Metro line. (This has already happened when one firm was taken to the High Court and made pay One Million Euros). This undermines competitiveness and jobs by driving up costs.
THE INTER-CONNECTOR
 
This is another major cost undertaking that is totally unnecessary. In my opinion, many CIE officials, Government Departments, and the DTO are obsessed with this plan that losing face is more important to them than saving costs to the tax payer. A short link-up from Connolly Station to Spencer Dock would be the answer. They built a new Station in Spencer Dock in the worng palce costing €30 million. This Inter-connector will not take any of the existing trains coming into Heuston Station. The 'Park Tunnel' WILL take all trains.
LUAS LINK-UP FAILURE
 
The reason why the two Luas lines were never linked-up was a deliberate action to put Metro and Inter-connector underground to St. Stephens Green. If they linked up the two Luaslines from O'Connell Street to St. Stephens Green they would never get an underground directly under the Luas as the tgracks could not be joined to run together. These are the main reasons why the Metro should be put on hold until all this is examined. The alternative 'Metro' can be done at one-tenth the cost of Transport 21.
 
These are my personal views and do not form part of any Dublin Bus Company official plan
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