New platform planned at Limerick Junction to keep time improvements on track

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New platform planned at Limerick Junction to keep time improvements on track

Improvements: Limerick Junction rail station

A NEW platform at Limerick Junction railway station could be on the way, with Irish Rail hoping this will drive improved journey times to Cork and Dublin.

The state rail company has submitted a planning application to Tipperary County Council for the new halt at the station, which is used by hundreds of Limerick people daily in connecting trains from Colbert station onwards to Heuston.

Improved journey times of up to five minutes for Dublin to Cork/Kerry services, and of up to 11 minutes for Limerick to Cork/Dublin services due to improved connections will be delivered, the company hopes.

The new platform, measuring some 240 metres, will remove the constraints and speed restrictions associated with the current single platform which caters for all Dublin to Cork/Kerry services in both directions.  A new footbridge with high capacity lifts will be included, to cater for customers transferring to the new platform.

The investment is worth €3.5m to the station, and it’s hoped subject to planning permission, it will be complete by mid-2019.