Nowhere to go: it's a hard station for rail travellers
Published 30/12/2010 | 05:00
RAIL users couldn't spend a penny on trains over Christmas.
Despite passengers paying up to €70 to travel, almost every train on the Dublin-Cork line on December 22, 23, and 24 had no toilet facilities.
Commuters had to cross their legs and hope for the best when taking the journey because they could only access a toilet when stopped at a station.
This often meant taking a trip across a frozen railway bridge and queueing with dozens of other passengers afraid of being caught short between stops.
The Arctic conditions froze the water in the toilets and pipes on the trains that are used on the Dublin-Cork route.
"A decision was made not to shut down the only reliable form of transport available during the cold weather," a spokesman from Irish Rail said.
"Most trains had multiple stops and the company tried to get the balance right between providing facilities and not delaying customers."