Passenger journeys on rail services between Sligo and Dublin grew by 4.1% to 1.25 million journeys in 2014 (1.2 million in 2013), preliminary figures reveal.
This represents the second largest growth on national Intercity routes in 2014, with Galway/Dublin increasing by 6.4%.
After a number of years of falling passenger journeys, and stabilisation during 2013, the growth is a welcome indicator both for Iarnród Éireann and the wider economy.
David Franks, Chief Executive of Iarnród Éireann said: “We thank our existing and new customers who travelled with us in 2014 – a return to growth nationally is hugely encouraging, and we welcome the increase in business on Sligo/Dublin services also. We will target further growth throughout 2015 by ensuring we meet customer needs with our services; continuing to promote online sales and other discount options; working with major events to ensure we provide attendees with the strongest possible transport options; and working with tourism and other business interests to identify new opportunities.”