February 27, 2018
Irish transport prepares for Brexit scenarios
Contingency planning for all forms of Brexit is in full swing in Ireland. Irish Rail is currently assessing whether electronic tablets can be used for border checks as of March 2019, with the options of checking either on board or before boarding trains in Dublin and Belfast.
Irish Rail is also awaiting a Brexit report by the Irish maritime development office about traffic through the vital "land bridge" transport link to Europe through the UK, the Irish Times reports. Part of the plan is a high-speed rail link between Dublin and Belfast, to reduce the journey time by one third from the current 135 minutes to 90 minutes. They are also looking into the possibility of direct ferry links to continental Europe from the Rosslare and Waterford ports in the southeast, in case of a significantly hard Brexit scenario. The government is backing this with a €116bn national development plan for infrastructure, allowing for growth regardless of the Brexit option - hard, soft, orderly, or disorderly - according to the transport ministry.