‘Ma­jor dif­fi­cul­ties’ with rail timeta­bles

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

LO­CAL Fianna Fáil TD and Hous­ing Spokesper­son, Darragh O’brien has said the con­ges­tion and ca­pac­ity is­sues caused by changes in­tro­duced to Ir­ish Rail and DART timeta­bles are caus­ing ‘ma­jor dif­fi­cul­ties’ for daily com­muters in North County Dublin.

Rais­ing the mat­ter di­rectly with the Taoiseach in Dáil Éire­ann re­cently, he said, ‘The re­cent changes made to the Ir­ish Rail timetable, in­clud­ing DART ser­vices, have be­come a ma­jor dif­fi­culty for those who rely on these ser­vices daily.

‘The de­mand for ser­vices on the North­ern Line is so rapidly in­creas­ing that it’s creak­ing at the seams, and it’s clear from the Taoiseach’s re­sponse yes­ter­day that he’s obliv­i­ous to the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of Dublin Fingal and cer­tainly not in­ter­ested in these con­cerns.’

The Deputy told the Taoiseach that Ir­ish Rail, on his ‘in­sis­tence’, had agreed to re­store two morn­ing com­muter ser­vices at Port­marnock, at 7.29am and 7.42am.

He said: ‘I have been as­sured that off-peak com­muter ser­vices will be half-hourly from De­cem­ber, while some trains have been re­stored to eight car­riages.’

Though of­fer­ing as­sur­ances that the Deputy him­self, along with his party col­leagues, Cllr Adrian Henchy and Cllr Eoghan O’brien were work­ing to en­sure all peak time ser­vices would op­er­ate with eight car­riages, he pointed out that these car­riages were not be ex­pected to be in op­er­a­tion be­fore 2020.

The lo­cal TD said that ‘stop­gap mea­sures’ had helped al­le­vi­ate ‘some of the worst con­se­quences’ of the new timetable, but that the timetable it­self had in fact re­sulted in a cut to ser­vices for North County Dublin rail users.

The ser­vice for North County Dublin had suf­fered from ‘chronic’ un­der-in­vest­ment over the past seven years, he said, adding that he would ‘con­tinue to push for im­prove­ments’ to the Fingal rail ser­vice.

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