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‘Regauge Ireland’s rail network’

24 January 2020
 

Connecting Northern Ireland’s railways up to a tunnel to Scotland presents extra challenges because Ireland’s railways are laid to a different track gauge to those in Britain – 5ft 3in versus 4ft 81⁄2in. 

“There are gauge-changing systems available for through trains, but they are slow and expensive,” says Steer. Instead, he suggests building a new rail line from the tunnel to Belfast using the British track gauge. 

Even that, however, would...

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