Ir­ish Rail to in­vest ¤30m in works at Ross­lare Euro­port

The Irish Times - - Business News - COLIN GLEE­SON

Sig­nif­i­cant work is to be car­ried out at Ross­lare Euro­port, in a ¤30 mil­lion in­vest­ment from Ir­ish Rail over the next five years that will be used to boost “ma­jor growth” at the fa­cil­ity and get it ready for Brexit.

Ross­lare Euro­port is the clos­est port to Bri­tain and main­land Europe and of­fers nu­mer­ous daily and weekly di­rect ser­vices to Bri­tain, France and Spain.

The “master plan” for the devel­op­ment of the port will en­sure that Ross­lare will be “equipped with the ca­pac­ity, fa­cil­i­ties and tech­nol­ogy to fa­cil­i­tate ma­jor growth for the ben­e­fit of the re­gion and the wider na­tional economy”, Ir­ish Rail said.

The changes in­clude the new con­fig­u­ra­tion of the port aligned to “max­imise fu­ture growth of and sup­port re­gional and na­tional devel­op­ment”.

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These are prob­a­bly the most ex­cit­ing times that the port has ever seen

There will be “sig­nif­i­cant new fa­cil­i­ties and in­fra­struc­ture to de­velop the port to its full po­ten­tial as Ire­land’s gate­way port to the UK and Europe”.

The plan is to “de­sign and de­velop a sus­tain­able, seam­less and smart port that will be best in class in­ter­na­tion­ally”.

Ir­ish Rail is set to ap­ply for plan­ning per­mis­sion for the work next week. The devel­op­ment will be com­pleted in a num­ber of phases over a five-year time frame to en­able the port to con­tinue to op­er­ate all ser­vices and ac­tiv­ity dur­ing con­struc­tion.

As well as the port master plan, fur­ther sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment will take place both at the port and the sur­round­ing area, with the fur­ther de­vel­op­ments be­ing com­pleted dur­ing the same time frame.

Off-shore wind mar­ket

This in­cludes the con­struc­tion of the new N25 Ross­lare Euro­port Ac­cess Road by Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Ire­land and Wex­ford County Coun­cil, as well as the devel­op­ment of the Ross­lare Euro­port Busi­ness Park by Dutch com­pany XELLZ, which is tar­get­ing the fu­ture off-shore wind mar­ket.

Fur­ther­more, “per­ma­nent ex­ten­sive fa­cil­i­ties” will be con­structed to meet all cus­toms and Brexit re­quire­ments for State agen­cies at the port, mak­ing Ross­lare the only port out­side of Dublin with the re­quired Bor­der in­spec­tion post.

The com­bined de­vel­op­ments will see the largest ever in­vest­ment in the port and sur­round­ing area.

Ross­lare Euro­port gen­eral man­ager Glenn Carr said: “These are prob­a­bly the most ex­cit­ing times that the port has ever seen, with trans­for­ma­tional de­vel­op­ments planned over the next few years. We will be mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment, demon­strat­ing our com­mit­ment and drive to grow Ross­lare Euro­port.”

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