Irish Rail report shows a deficit reduction of almost €5million

By Hassard Stacpoole

IARNROD Éireann-Irish Rail (IÉ) quietly released its annual report on September 7, showing the annual operating deficit was reduced to €2.9million compared to a deficit of €7.7m in 2015.

The reduction was helped through revenue increasing by 4.5% to €244.5m.

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IÉ’s passenger business carried 42.8m passengers in 2016, an increase of 8%, with 2016 revenue of €193.7m being the highest recorded in the history of the company, and growth recorded across DART, Commuter and Intercity businesses.

Rail freight revenue increased from €8.8m to €9m in 2016, with total tonne kilometres increasing from 96.4m to 101.4m, primarily because of an increase in mineral ore volumes (Tara mines).

The report states the company is also engaging with a number of parties regarding substantial rail freight opportunities within the biomass market.

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