The Old Rail Trail forms part of Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s proposed Galway to Dublin Cycleway, which will be Ireland’s first dedicated inter-city coast to coast route for cyclists. The section is a 40km segregated cycle and walking route along the disused Mullingar to Athlone railway. Rail services ceased in the 1980’s but the railway lives on in the form of old railway stations, bridges and level crossings. The railway featured in the 1979 movie The Great Train Robbery starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine. The Trail was constructed by Westmeath County Council with specialist works carried out by Lagan Asphalt and Kesel Construction and design support from ROD-AECOM.
The works for the Old Rail Trail included conservation measures for protected structures at both Moate and Castletown Stations. The rehabilitation of these stations will ensure the railway heritage is retained for generations to come. The majority of the over 40 bridges along the Old Rail Trail, which are mainly of masonry stone arch construction, were in excellent condition but some did require bespoke parapet railings and three required new bridge decks.
ROD-AECOM is continuing to provide services to TII for the Galway to Dublin Cycleway project, including for a new pedestrian and cycling footbridge across the Shannon in Athlone.