Found this on the Platform11 site. Quite interesting reading.
For the longest time, I thought the motorway network the NRA was planning made sense and was badly needed, but I am not sure now. We only have 4 million people living on this island and a lot of railways lines lying idle. The chart compares rail service of Sligo and Penzanze - towns of the same population is simply mind blowing. Why are we not making better use of of railways?