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Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross has announced a €1 billion investment in Ireland’s heavy rail infrastructure over the next five years.

The investment in civil engineering programmes for the network will include track relaying, signalling improvements and safety-related initiatives from 2020 to 2024.

The funding is a 40% increase on the previous five-year investment programme from 2014 to 2018.

Delivery of the investment will be monitored by the independent monitoring body the Commission for Rail Regulation.

-Noah Harte