Consultant sought for Ireland’s rail strategy

Ireland’s heavy rail authority is seeking a consultant to align the organisation’s strategy over the life of the National Development Plan (NDP).

Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) has issued a tender for the preparation of a strategy consolidating all business and functional plans into one document that will guide the organisation for the next 10 years and beyond.

Under the NDP it has been nominally allocated €2bn to deliver a step change in heavy rail capacity. The company has set a target to achieve 75 million passenger journeys per annum by 2025, increasing from a level of 46 million last year. 

It states: “Achieving such a level of growth for the railway will require delivery of significant capacity enhancements, modal shift and innovative thinking while benefiting from a supportive macro environment.”

Irish Rail’s services include Intercity, Commuter, DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) and freight, with the company also operating Rosslare Europort.

Responses are due by 3 December.

Alternative delivery models, investor appetite for Ireland’s transport pipeline, and the multi-billion non-exchequer funded capital plans of Ireland’s semi-state companies were among the recurring themes discussed at Partnerships Bulletin’s Financing Irish Infrastructure conference in Dublin this week.