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Author Topic: Rosslare to Waterford to finally close  (Read 5675 times)
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« on: September 06, 2010, 11:00:43 pm »

Looks like the Irish Government have agreed it's closure! IE are blaming low passenger numbers, well if you only run one train each way per day then people won't use it!
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2010, 05:24:02 pm »

Looks more like the Service can be withdrawn but the line will have to stay?Huh

Mind there are Lines in Ireland that are still OPEN but have been lifted.

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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2010, 06:23:10 pm »

From CIE website Saturday 18th September is final day.  Cry

Buses from Monday 20th  Angry
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2010, 12:31:27 am »

One of the problems with the line was too many manned level crossings.

Agree with vacman only one train a day is not going to encourage much usage.

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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2010, 01:43:07 am »

Agree with vacman only one train a day is not going to encourage much usage.
Me too.

On this side of the water there are 2 trains per day to Fishguard Harbour connecting with the ferry to Rosslare. One of these is in the middle of the night (because the ferry is) so likewise there is effectivly only 1 service for locals to use, which is not very likely to attract said locals. However there are a number of passengers on it, which I suspect is thanks to it connecting with the ferry. I've never set foot on the ferry but a few family members considered a trip to Dublin a while back (which never happened) but I researched the similarlly infrequent service on the Irish side and if I remember right it fails to make any connections (at least with the day ferry) so passengers have a train to Fishguard connecting with a ferry to Rosslare then are left to find car hire/bus/taxi. If Irish Rail actually timed their infrequent service to meet the Fishguard ferry then they may find some passengers.
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2010, 07:14:58 pm »

Not 100% surprised that NRES are still showing the Rosslare to Waterford train at 07.00 Next WEEK.
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2010, 06:37:58 pm »

Four weeks since the Rosslare Waterford passenger sevice was withdrawn and NRES still show the 07.00 Rosslare to Waterford TRAIN.  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2014, 08:07:45 am »

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Services on the Rosslare-Waterford line, through Snow Hill Tunnel, ended on 18th September 2010 although reports indicate that the route is still being maintained as an engineers' siding.

from http://www.forgottenrelics.co.uk/tunnels/ireland/index.html

It always struck me (but as an outsider) that this line was such a logical part of the network that it really should not be lost ... has it indeed been mothballed / retained so it could be brought back?    In general, when I last looked any connections at Rosslare to and from Dublin [trains to and from boats] were - err - purely accidental.
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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2014, 02:44:41 pm »

Interesting photos there. That tunnel (Snow Hill) is immediately on the west bank of the Barrow railway bridge, Ireland's longest rail bridge.

In an ideal world there would be through trains Rosslare-Waterford-Clonmel-Limerick-Galway.

One of the conditions of suspending the South Wexford rail service imposed by the National Transport Authority (NTA) on Iarnr^d ^ireann (Irish Rail) was that the line be maintained.

There is a robust maintenance programme to ensure the line remains serviceable. This entails the likes of hedge cutting, weedspray and track inspection. In comparison to previous suspensions/closures where lines were generally allowed to become overgrown this set a precedent.

The first few miles of the line out of Waterford city remain in use by several freight trains a week travelling to/from Belview Port (Belview Port is located not much more than a mile west of Snow Hill Tunnel).

The South Wexford line proved invaluable towards the end of 2011 when the Rosslare-Dublin line was severed near Dublin due to flooding in that it allowed rolling stock which would otherwise have been isolated on the Rosslare-Dublin line to go for routine servicing.

Towards the end of this September Railtours Ireland will operate their first ever rail land cruise. It is understood, subject to permission from Iarnr^d ^ireann, this will traverse the South Wexford line:
http://www.railtoursireland.com/train-tour/The-Ireland-8-Day-Rail-Land-Cruise-and-Castle-Tour/st2014/


There are a suite of documents on the NTA website about the South Wexford line including the maintenance contract:
http://www.nationaltransport.ie/public-transport-services/rail/contracts/service-changes/waterford-rosslare-reports/

The Rosslare-Wexford-Wicklow-Dublin line is very scenic as is the Waterford-Clonmel-Limerick Junction line. The South Wexford line is too - while the countryside that the replacement bus route passes through is pleasant the route followed is nowhere near as scenic (or as short) as the rail route.
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« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2019, 12:59:38 pm »

SHAMEFUL - the line is closed, cutting the trunk route from the post at Rosslare via Waterford and Limerick to Galway, with connections at Limerick Junction to Cork.

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Today I took a trip down south to see one of the last trains running on the south Wexford line before it's turned into a Greenway. This loco was running from Waterford to Rosslare then to Greystones after her last trip on the line last Wednesday when she went to Waterford

to accompany this video

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« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2019, 04:02:57 pm »

Shame - I had my first trip to Ireland this year on the Fishguard - Rosslare route and thoroughly enjoyed it. Without the rail link to Waterford I didn't bother visiting anything other than the Rosslare - Dublin rail route. Absolutely crazy that you can't use rail to go cross country unless you go to Dublin and change there.

The sail - rail tickets are amazing value only cost me about 45 from Gloucester to Rosslare, and 37 Dublin - Gloucester. Great fun.
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