Nenagh railway station

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Nenagh
An tAonach
Iarnród Éireann
2721 Arrives at Nenagh Train Station.png
2721 Arrives from Limerick
Location Nenagh
Republic of Ireland
Coordinates 52°51′40″N 8°11′36″W / 52.8611°N 8.1933°W / 52.8611; -8.1933Coordinates: 52°51′40″N 8°11′36″W / 52.8611°N 8.1933°W / 52.8611; -8.1933
Owned by Iarnród Éireann
Operated by Iarnród Éireann
Platforms 1
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Limerick to
Ballybrophy line
Ballybrophy
Dublin–Cork main line
Roscrea
Cloughjordan
Nenagh
Birdhill
Castleconnell
Dublin–Cork main line
Limerick Colbert

Nenagh railway station serves the town of Nenagh in County Tipperary, Ireland.

The station opened on 5 October 1863[1] and is on the Limerick-Ballybrophy railway line. Passengers can connect at Ballybrophy to trains heading northeast to Dublin or southwest to Cork or Tralee.

The buildings consist of a two-storey station house with a platform canopy supported on cast iron columns,[2] a goods shed and a disused cast iron footbridge. The station is staffed and has a car park and sheltered bicycle parking.[3]

The railway line is lightly used due to low passenger numbers. Lack of upkeep means the line is restricted to speeds of 40 kilometres per hour (25 miles per hour) and the existing trains are poorly timetabled for commuters. A committee (the Nenagh Rail Partnership) working in conjunction with Irish Railway News, had a meeting with Iarnród Éireann on 1 September 2005 to present the results of a traffic study funded by Nenagh Town Council and North Tipperary County Council, and to seek a morning and evening service between Nenagh and Limerick which would increase commuter traffic. Iarnród Éireann agreed to delay an afternoon service from the December 2005 timetable.

In October 2007, following a further meeting between the Nenagh Rail partnership, Irish Railway News and Irish Rail it was announced that a new commuter service would begin on 1 September 2008, to comprise an early morning service into Limerick and an early evening service out of Limerick.[4]

While the current twice-a-day service on the Ballybrophy/Limerick line is poor, Nenagh has an efficient bus service to Dublin and Limerick and is only 37 km (23 mi) from Thurles, which is on the main Dublin/Cork line, and which has c. 18 trains daily in each direction, including non-stop services to and from Dublin. However there are only two buses each weekday from Nenagh to Thurles (and vice versa) so this option is generally only practical for motorists.[5]

Closure proposed[edit]

A January 2012 national newspaper article suggested that Irish Rail was expected to seek permission from the National Transport Authority to close the line.[6] An enhanced timetable was in force during 2012 however the service was again reduced from February 2013.[7]

Birdhill to Heuston GAA Special[edit]

On 4 September 2011 a GAA Special service departed from Birdhill at 09:00 Hours serving Birdhill, Nenagh and Roscrea with no change at Ballybrophy Direct to Dublin. Iarnród Éireann used an ICR IE 22000 Class Intercity train which was the first time since the early 90s a train to Dublin ran along the line and the first time a modern train served the line.[8]

Buses serving the station[edit]

Bus Éireann's Tuesdays and Fridays-only route 323 from Killaloe, County Clare to Nenagh via Portroe terminates at Nenagh railway station at 10.35am offering the possibility of making the onward journey to stations towards Limerick on the 11.04am train departure. The Fridays-only route 323 from Newport, County Tipperary to Nenagh via Silvermines also terminates at the station but neither its arrival time nor the return journeys on either route coincide with any train arrival or departure.[9]

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Preceding station Iarnród Éireann Iarnród Éireann Following station
Birdhill   Commuter
Limerick-Ballybrophy
  Cloughjordan