Transport Act, 1963

Abandonment of railways.

18.—(1) The power conferred by section 21 of the Act of 1950 to make abandonment orders (within the meaning of that section) shall extend to the making of abandonment orders in relation to railway lines or sections vested in the Board and over which the services of trains have been terminated at any time—

(a) either before or after such vesting, and

(b) either before the passing of this Act (including a time before the passing of the Act of 1950) or after such passing,

and (in the case of services of trains which have not been operated since before the date of the passing of the Act of 1958) whether or not orders referred to in paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of the said section 21 have been made in respect of the services.

(2) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the said section 21 or in any other enactment, a railway company may sell any land under or adjoining an abandoned railway line by private treaty to any tenant of the land on either side of the line or to the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland or to the Irish Land Commission.