WATCH: Ennis-Limerick railway line to be reopened five months after flooding

Railway line was closed due to floods in December

WATCH: Ennis-Limerick railway line to be reopened five months after flooding

Image: Iarnr√≥d √Čireann

A major railway line that was closed due to winter floods five months ago is expected to reopen tomorrow.

The Ennis to Limerick line has been out of action since December, when a stretch at Ballycar Lough was left under water.

Water levels at Ballycar peaked at 1.4 metres above the line in early March, according to Iarnród Éireann.

Thousands of daily passengers have been accommodated by bus transfers since its closure.

A number of schemes are being considered to alleviate flooding in future, with one suggestion involving the line being raised for some distance, but funding is not yet thought be available for these works.

Iarnród Éireann said a 5.30pm Limerick to Ennis service will operate tomorrow if an inspection train departing at 1pm passes off without incident.

A video released by the company, with commentary by assistant regional manager Valerie Scott, explains why the area is prone to flooding.