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Good news on the railfreight front. I would be interested to know who is the customer from Tuam who uses the service and why it is more favourable than using the motorway from Dublin and the new M17 motorway since we are always told Ireland is too small to favour rail over motorways for freight traffic?

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3 hours ago, Magpie1951 said:

https://www.multimodal.org.uk/article/iwt-freight-trains-increase-30?fbclid=IwAR344m1WhkVIiU9OnrAv68VyCmuzVaT0LYwfjpHUjr3DzQd0wYcOf7OpOXc

Good news on the railfreight front. I would be interested to know who is the customer from Tuam who uses the service and why it is more favourable than using the motorway from Dublin and the new M17 motorway since we are always told Ireland is too small to favour rail over motorways for freight traffic?

Most likely its more efficient/cheaper to use HGVs to feed into Ballina Inland Port rather than to drive to Dublin and queue to await unloading. A truck is not earning money when its queuing at a a port waiting to load/unload and eats into HGV drivers hours with a knock on effect on productivity.

Ballina is more or less ideal as a Hub for Dublin Port in terms of the lack of container ports in the West of Ireland and line haul distance to Dublin. 

There is less opportunity for this sort of operation in the South & South West with its good shipping connections from Cork, Waterford & Rosslare to the UK & Europe, though an Inland Port for Dublin  in the Limerick Junction or Charleville area possibly in connection with one of the big Dairy-Cooperative potentially would have the critical mass for a rail operation but would probably create a political storm with Cork & Waterford port interests.

 

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11 hours ago, Mayner said:

Most likely its more efficient/cheaper to use HGVs to feed into Ballina Inland Port rather than to drive to Dublin and queue to await unloading. A truck is not earning money when its queuing at a a port waiting to load/unload and eats into HGV drivers hours with a knock on effect on productivity.

Ballina is more or less ideal as a Hub for Dublin Port in terms of the lack of container ports in the West of Ireland and line haul distance to Dublin. 

There is less opportunity for this sort of operation in the South & South West with its good shipping connections from Cork, Waterford & Rosslare to the UK & Europe, though an Inland Port for Dublin  in the Limerick Junction or Charleville area possibly in connection with one of the big Dairy-Cooperative potentially would have the critical mass for a rail operation but would probably create a political storm with Cork & Waterford port interests.

 

"Most likely its more efficient/cheaper to use HGVs to feed into Ballina Inland Port rather than to drive to Dublin and queue to await unloading. A truck is not earning money when its queuing at a a port waiting to load/unload and eats into HGV drivers hours with a knock on effect on productivity."

Correct and the train feeds to and from Ballina.. Dublin Port's container terminals are suffering from congestion due to increasing volumes as shippers changed mode from Ro/Ro to containers LO/LO.. Wait times into terminals can be up to 2 hours, worse at some peak times.. 

Volumes to other towns in the North West aren't large yet but when complementing existing business, it can be very cost competitive by intermodal.. 

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Interesting stuff, thanks for the info.

So is Dublin port going to be mainly LO/LO containers and Rosslare taking over the RO/RO container traffic now and is there going to be more LO/LO container traffic in Ireland's ports with Brexit putting pressure on the land bridge we had to Europe?

Are we going to see more container traffic from Rotterdam due to Brexit?

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On 5/7/2019 at 11:07 AM, Magpie1951 said:

Interesting stuff, thanks for the info.

So is Dublin port going to be mainly LO/LO containers and Rosslare taking over the RO/RO container traffic now and is there going to be more LO/LO container traffic in Ireland's ports with Brexit putting pressure on the land bridge we had to Europe?

Are we going to see more container traffic from Rotterdam due to Brexit?

No, Dublin handles all modes, it's the biggest port in terms of both Lo/Lo containers and Ro/Ro trailers..

Rosslare is Ro/Ro trailers only, handling about 15% of national volumes with Cork handling a small amount and Dublin the remainder..

Container traffic to and from Europe is growing due to Brexit and also driver shortages, fuel costs and environmental consideration

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