Call for light rail service from Longford to Sligo

A call has been made for an early morning light rail service to connect Longford to Sligo town.

Sligo Fianna Fáil councillor Seamus Kilgannon has proposed the new service between the towns to facilitate workers and students.

And he claims that because the existing tracks could be used, it would not be prohibitively expensive while giving a boost to both areas.

He cites the latest census figures that show that more people travel into Sligo than out of the county for work, but the number of commuters using public transport is as low as 1.5 per cent.

Councillor Kilgannon is calling for a commuter like train to carry passengers into Sligo from Longford at around 8am and a return service at around 6pm.

He feels the present service which sees the first train from Longford arrive in Sligo at 11am is not fit for purpose.