Opinion

Wednesday 23 August 2017

Use it or lose it is stark choice facing commuters

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

FEW things exercise communities so much as the threatened closure of local railway lines. But as Iarnrod Eireann grapples with repeated cuts in funding, it's time for the public to use them or lose them.

Passenger numbers on some routes are appalling, with the numbers boarding in some stations in single digits. The figures aren't enough to sustain a bus service, much less a train.

Moving people on to public transport is a difficult task. Oranmore station in Co Galway is a case in point.

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