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New Rail Freight Service Linking Ballina and Port of Waterford to Start in June

14th May 2021
A new rail freight (twice-weekly) service between Ballina. Co. Mayo and the Port of Waterford, Afloat adds at Belview Terminal (incl. Lo-Lo) begins from June. A new rail freight (twice-weekly) service between Ballina. Co. Mayo and the Port of Waterford, Afloat adds at Belview Terminal (incl. Lo-Lo) begins from June. Credit: Port of Waterford-twitter

A new rail freight service by Iarnród Eireann and XPO Logistics, is to begin operating twice weekly in each direction between Ballina in Co Mayo and Waterford Port.

The new rail service to the south-east Irish Port, as Afloat reported last year, is due to start at the end of June.

It will see the potential for over 5,000 truck movements a year to switch from road to rail, with a resulting reduction in road congestion and a 75% reduction in emissions per unit.

The new service comes as Iarnród Éireann is working on finalising a new national rail freight strategy to identify growth and investment opportunities to significantly grow rail freight operations.

The new rail freight service between Ballina and Waterford is in addition to Iarnród Éireann's existing rail freight operations.

This includes container traffic from Ballina to Dublin Port, pulpwood from Ballina and Westport (also in Co.Mayo) to Waterford Port and zinc ore from Tara Mines in Navan, Co. Meath to Dublin Port.

RTE News has more on the story.

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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