An­ti­so­cial ac­tiv­ity at rail­way sta­tions

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

REP­RE­SEN­TA­TIVES of Ir­ish Rail faced coun­cil­lors this month as the rail com­pany came to ex­plain changes it is mak­ing at many of its sta­tions which will see the con­tin­ued roll out of self-ser­vice sta­tions and a ma­jor change in roll for Ir­ish Rail staff work­ing at manned sta­tions.

Fingal has al­ready had some ex­pe­ri­ence of self-ser­vice sta­tions with mixed re­sults and a num­ber of coun­cil­lors told the vis­it­ing Ir­ish Rail rep­re­sen­ta­tives at this month’s meet­ing of the full coun­cil, that the ab­sence of staff at th­ese sta­tions at cer­tain times of the day is lead­ing to an in­crease in an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

Cllr Paul Mul­ville (NP) told the Ir­ish Rail of­fi­cials that Don­abate Train Sta­tion which is now only staffed on a part-time ba­sis ‘needs to be manned in the evening’ when he said, the sta­tion had be­come a ‘site of se­ri­ous an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour’ where he claimed there was reg­u­lar ‘in­tim­i­da­tion and ha­rass­ment of com­muters’.

‘We need a sta­tion mas­ter there on site in the evening and at week­end like there used to be,’ he said.

Cllr Kieran Den­ni­son (FG) ac­cused the com­pany of pass­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the prob­lem to gardaí.

Cllr Ken Far­rell (Lab) said the same prob­lems ex­ist at Rush and Lusk sta­tion where he said CCTV cov­er­age needed to be ex­tended and he claimed that an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour at the sta­tion ‘ only be­came a prob­lem since we be­came an un­manned sta­tion’.

Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF) said he felt ‘quite strongly’ about the move away from sta­tion mas­ters who he said were more than sta­tion man­agers, but also ad­vo­cates for their com­mu­nity giv­ing out in­for­ma­tion to vis­i­tors to the area.

Where there re­mains staffed sta­tions, those staff will move out of the ticket of­fice and onto the plat­form to as­sist cus­tomers on their jour­ney, ac­cord­ing to the Ir­ish Rail. Th­ese changes are down to a huge fall in the num­ber of tick­ets sold at sta­tion ticket of­fices, with a move on­line and to ticket vend­ing ma­chines. Ir­ish Rail spokesper­son, Jane Cregan ac­knowl­edged the is­sues at some sta­tions with an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and said that the com­pany was work­ing with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to ad­dress the is­sue. She said the com­pany had ‘mo­bile se­cu­rity teams that rove be­tween sta­tions to try to move peo­ple along’. The rail com­pany said it was also look­ing at im­prov­ing its CCTV sys­tems within sta­tions.

Cllr Paul Mul­ville.

Cllr Adrian Henchy.

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