The country’s newest train station at Oranmore, Co Galway opened for business on Sunday 28th July 2013.
The station, open in time for the Galway Races, will be served by a mixture of Galway/Dublin & Galway/Athenry/Limerick services, with 23 services calling at the station daily (Mon-Fri), 22 on Saturdays, and 15 on Sundays. The journey time from Oranmore to Galway is just 7 minutes, and customers can travel to Limerick, Dublin and a range of intermediate stations also.
The station was officially opened by Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar on Monday 29th July 2013. The previous station at Oranmore closed in 1963 and was located 3/4 of a mile in the Athenry direction from the new station.
Speaking at the event, he said it was a key piece of infrastructure which he expects will be utilised very well in the commuter town.
Regional Manager of Irish Rail Jim Meade said the station closed in 1963 and today is an important date in its future history.
In a statement, West on Track has welcomed the opening of the new station which is the 144th on the Iarnród Éireann network.
Mayor of County Galway Liam Carroll says Iarnród Éireann needs to make sure the station is seen as an attractive option to passengers.
Oranmore is the 144th station on the Iarnród Éireann network. Bicycle parking and car parking facilities will be provided, with a 140 space car park at the station owned and operated by Galway County Council.
The construction of the station has been funded by the National Transport Authority.