12.7.2 Rail

There are two passenger railway lines in use in the county.  A spur from Kilkenny City at Lavistown connects to the Dublin-Waterford main passenger line.  There are stations on the line at Thomastown and Kilkenny City. The Waterford-Limerick passenger line runs in the south of the county, serving Waterford and Carrick-on-Suir stations.  Belview Port is served by rail, connecting to the Waterford line, which facilitates the movement of freight.

The RSES has the objective to strengthen rail connectivity, which includes increased frequency of services and reduced journey times between Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow and Dublin.  It also includes improvements to the Rosslare-Waterford-Limerick Junction line (although the Rosslare to Waterford connection is no longer operational since 2010). It is Council policy to support increased frequency of services and reduced journey times between Kilkenny and Waterford/Dublin thereby enhancing the economic corridor between Waterford Metropolitan Area and the Key towns of Kilkenny and Carlow

 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​12.7.2.1 Rail Freight

There is major potential for more innovative and additional carriage of freight via the rail network.  The RSES identified that rail cargo depots at Belview and Maddockstown (east of Kilkenny city) would facilitate the development of logistics businesses at these locations and would help to divert some heavy commercial traffic from the public road network.  There are enormous environmental benefits in carrying freight using rail and properly run freight services offer huge potential to industry in the region, particularly at Belview. The use of the rail network for freight services will be promoted through appropriate land use measures. 

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