Ummm, no? It was withdrawn 8 years ago and I haven't heard anything further on it since.Is the runway extension to Belfast City Airport still going ahead? In a post-COVID world, it would be a smart idea to get it built so that larger planes and airlines could fly there.
The Government is to launch a study into a proposal to build a €15 billion high-speed train line from Belfast to Dublin and on to Cork and Limerick, the Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has said.
The study would be “the most significant” review of the intercity network on the island since the strategic rail review in 2003, and would examine how it could operate with the existing broader network.
Mr Ryan said the Department of Transport would shortly launch “a significant procurement process” of about 500km of high-speed line from Belfast-Dublin-Cork/Limerick.
The new study would “take a strategic view on the potential of high-/higher speed rail to support the relevant national strategic outcomes of the National Planning Framework through developing high-level design and operational proposals” for the Belfast-Dublin-Cork/Limerick corridor, said the spokesman.
From using that train fairly frequently, there is a number of things that would help journey times. The obvious, easy wins would be to run it from Great Victoria Street (which will obviously happen), and make it an express service. That alone would shave 10-15 minutes off the time.
The line through Lurgan and Portadown has some quite tight turns, and the service is very slow through there. Likewise through Newry, and the viaduct before it, it's very slow there too. Down south, it's very slow through Drogheda, again some tight corners and a viaduct. Chopping off these sections from the route would help, such as below.
North1 by hypnotoad24, on Flickr
South1 by hypnotoad24, on Flickr
The slowest bit of the service is still the section into Dublin, so additional track would be needed, or a re-prioritisation of the services using the track.
To get a 60 minute service would require an entirely new line from Belfast to Dublin to be built i imagine.
Wouldn't high speed rail involve an entirely new line and alignment?Yep, and there is the potential to add a third track on the Belfast to Lisburn section in case of capacity issues.
Sorting out some of the twistier sections of the track would be needed, i'd a few ideas earlier in this thread somewhere..
In the article you posted i assumed they meant by 'operate in the broader network' it would be a half arsed job and use as much existing network as possible, but i see further down they talk about 500 km of new line, so a new line looks more accurate!Wouldn't high speed rail involve an entirely new line and alignment?
I suppose at the base of all this, does anyone have any agreement about what we are actually talking about?Wouldn't high speed rail involve an entirely new line and alignment?
Belfast and Eastern corridor are by far the largest generators of wealth on this island. Greater Belfast is the engine of the NI economy and that’s not going to change. A high-speed rail link from Belfast - Dublin -Cork links the three largest economic centres on the island. That’s just reality. Also worth noting that upgrades to the Belfast - Derry line must be funded by Belfast. This new line would be funded by Belfast, Dublin and Brussels as it’s a cross-border project with Belfast paying a smaller share proportionally.Personally I would rather have that money spent on electrification of the NI rail network and doubling of the entire Derry line.
This is an added improvement that will benefit only people in the Belfast and SE quadrant of Northern Ireland.
Improvements to the NI network are more important than a service to Dublin.