Irish Rail asked to consider developing light rail system to link Athlone to Mullingar

Irish Rail is to be asked to consider developing a light rail system that would link Athlone to Mullingar.

Councillor Tom Farrell believes that with Athlone’s designation as a centre of regional development, as well as an expected increase in students at AIT and increased economic growth in the Shannonside region and a link between two of Westmeath’s biggest towns would make sense

He has proposed that a light rail system would run on the currently disused track, which in recent years has seen thousands of tourists walks its paths as part of a greenway.

Councillor Farrell believes that a similar system works well in Europe, where a fence is erected between the greenways and the rail line to improve safety.

He told Shannonside FM that the benefits of the train line would be huge for the area :