What is the Western Arc?
Ireland’s Western Arc is a Cross Border Network running from Belfast to Cork, connecting 5 of the 6 largest cities on the Island of Ireland i.e. Cork, Limerick, Galway, Derry, Belfast. It is the Atlantic Economic Corridor
The Western Arc connects all roads and all rail lines radiating out of Dublin to Belfast, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Limerick, Cork and Kerry. It links with Europort Rosslare and Waterford via Limerick.
- It connects 5 International Airports: Belfast, Derry, Knock, Shannon, Cork.
- 6 Major Sea Ports: Belfast, Derry, Galway, Killybegs, Foynes, Cork.
- The Western Arc generates a high percentage of Ireland’s growing rail freight, most notably from County Mayo.
- It also connects the gas, electrical and communication network of Ireland.
- Many of Ireland’s “missing links” are to be found along its Western Arc such as the N5, N15, N16, N17, N18, N20, N21, N22, N24, N26, N60, WRC, Electric and Fibre Backhaul.
Ireland’s Western Arc is also Europe’s Western Arc.
The Western Arc is supported by: