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Cork East Fine Gael TD, David Stanton has recently raised the reopening of the rail link from Midleton to Youghal in Dail Eireann.

“The Cork to Midleton line has been very successful since it was opened last year. With such heavy traffic on the N25 every day, the train provides a convenient alternative to many people commuting to work. I’m sure commuters from Youghal would welcome such an alternative also.

“Local businesses and services in Midleton have also benefitted from increased trade since new railway opened. I would imagine that if Youghal were accessible by train from Cork, local traders would benefit there. Youghal is a lovely seaside town with a great history, and I think that a train link would attract more visitors.

“Regular rail services to Youghal were stopped almost 50 years ago but the tracks are still in place most of the way to Youghal. I have asked the Minister for Transport to consider the re-opening of the Midleton to Youghal line. I have also written to Iarnrod Eireann as I am anxious that a feasilbility study be carried out on the matter

“I realise that we are now in difficult economic times, but as the campaign to open the Midleton rail link took 15 years from start to finish, I think it is worth examining a Youghal rail link with a view to opening the line at some stage in the future.


Contact: David Stanton TD, 021 4632867