Car­riages must open on shorter plat­forms

Bray People - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

CON­CERNS were raised at last Tues­day’s meet­ing of Grey­stones Mu­nic­i­pal District meet­ing about train ser­vices in Wick­low.

Cllr Derek Mitchell laid down a no­tice of mo­tion at the meet­ing call­ing on the coun­cil ‘ to write to Ir­ish Rail to ask them to en­sure that diesel car­riages they are about to or­der can have a se­lec­tion of doors only open at short plat­form sta­tions as in other com­muter rail­ways.

‘ This will en­able longer diesel trains to serve Grey­stones and dou­ble the Wick­low train ca­pac­ity which is stand­ing room only at rush hour.’

Cllr Mitchell said it is im­per­a­tive that the new car­riages can open at short plat­form sta­tions to ease com­muter prob­lems.

‘Ir­ish Rail is or­der­ing more diesel car­riages and I have asked them to en­sure that the doors in a lim­ited num­ber of car­riages can be opened at short plat­form sta­tions.

‘ Th­ese are nor­mal in most other com­muter rail­ways but the Ir­ish Rail car­riages must open all doors on the train which means eight car­riages can­not be used on lines with short plat­forms in Kil­coole and Rath­drum for ex­am­ple.

‘ This will im­prove the ser­vice to Grey­stones and Wick­low by al­low­ing longer eight car­riage trains in place of the four and some­times three car­riage ones used for the rush hour diesel ser­vices like the 6.54 a.m. and 7.51 a.m. ex Grey­stones.

‘ The lat­ter is stand­ing room only from Wick­low and re­vised car­riages can pro­vide a bet­ter ser­vice to Grey­stones and Kil­coole. Grey­stones is the 5th busiest sub­ur­ban sta­tion even though there are only a third of DARTS com­pared to the other sta­tions.

‘ This re­sult is the 7.30 a.m, 8 a.m. and 8.30 a.m. be­ing crowded. The 8 a.m. is the busiest train in the coun­try and a longer pre­ced­ing diesel would re­lieve pres­sure. Hence the im­por­tance of ex­tra car­riages on the diesels.

‘ There is also space in the timetable to run an ex­tra DART at 7.21 a.m., by run­ning it down early. I have asked that the car­riage or­der pro­vides for this if ex­tra car­riages are needed.

‘ The coun­cil has pro­vided the largest Park n’ Ride site, with more than 450 spa­ces, and largest bike park­ing (90 spa­ces) of any DART Sta­tion. I am keen to ex­pand th­ese but there needs to be a com­mit­ment from Ir­ish Rail to im­prove the ser­vice.

‘ The lim­ited num­ber of trains pro­duces a peak load and long queues to get off the plat­form, out of the sta­tion and out of the Park n’ Ride which should be cured by more trains and sta­tion mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

‘ The fu­ture ‘10 minute’ DART ser­vice is billed as an im­prove­ment. Yet for Grey­stones, Ir­ish Rail is plan­ning a worse ser­vice with no ex­tra trains and a 5 and a half minute in­crease in jour­ney time (12 per cent in­crease).

‘ This will en­cour­age peo­ple to use cars in con­flict with sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. The de­vel­op­ment tar­gets handed down to the coun­cil are for an ex­tra 4,000 houses in Grey­stones and a bet­ter trans­port of­fer­ing is re­quired for this.’

Derek Mitchell at Grey­stones Train Sta­tion.

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