The Galway/ Limerick railway line recorded a drastic rise in passenger numbers last year compared to that of the last pre-Covid year of 2019.
Figures were released following parliamentary questions and information from the NTA, which showed that passenger numbers grew by 14.4%.
Railway patronage across the country dropped by an average of 25% on intercity, 35% on commuter and 26% on Dart.
These latest figures show a vote of confidence to the line and justifies the work of those who campaigned to have the Galway/ Limerick line reopened.
Speaking to Midwest Radio News, Fianna Fáil TD Eamon O Cuiv believes that this evidence shows the importance of more improvements to this route: