Ennis to Limerick rail line to remain closed for at least six weeks due to flooding at Ballycar

The Ennis to Limerick rail line flooded in 2008.

The Ennis to Limerick rail line will remain closed for up to six weeks, and possibly longer, due to flooding at Ballycar, Irish Rail has advised. The line has flooded following a significant increase in water levels at Ballycar Lough and the slow draining nature of the karst landscape in the area is being could lead to the line being submerged for some time to come.
Bus transfers will operate between Limerick and Ennis, also serving Sixmilebridge, for the duration of the closure, while and will depart all stations at the scheduled train time. Train services continue to operate as normal between Ennis and Galway.
Irish Rail has said it will update customers at irishrail.ie and via the company’s Twitter account @irishrail on service arrangements.
Irish Rail had raised the track level by 60 centimetres at Ballycar in 2003 to mitigate against the effects of flooding, however, the current flood levels are at least 50 centimetres over the rail head and rising, resulting in the suspension of services since February 2, 2014.


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