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Cyclists get green light for train travel

THE Green Party has succeeded in booking bike spaces on intercity trains -- but only six cyclists will be able to use them at a time.

It was previously impossible for cyclists to reserve spaces on intercity trains for their bikes.

Green junior minister Ciaran Cuffe said he was delighted with the new initiative.

"I think that's a good step forward in sustainable transport. I'm delighted with the news. It's something we've been looking for, for some time," he said.

Mr Cuffe said tourists and other cyclists would be able to book their bike on a specific train in advance at a cost of €6 per journey.

There will be no charge for cyclists to take bikes on board DARTs, intercity and commuter trains during off-peak periods -- between 10am and 3.30pm, and after 7pm, Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Mr Cuffe is pictured with Anthony Moran of Cycling Ireland at Connolly Station, Dublin.

Irish Independent