Friday 24 November 2017

Disgruntled commuters forced to stand in toilet on overcrowded train, passenger says

Overcrowded train
Overcrowded train

Many passengers on one of today’s major train services were forced to stand, according to pictures seen by independent.ie.

According to photos posted on Twitter by one passenger Kathleen Henry, the corridor of one of the carriages appeared to be full of luggage items, and weary passengers were standing.

Ms Henry said: "You could barely breathe here. I can't get water, you can't get tea or coffee or nothing. People are standing in the toilet so you can't even go to the toilet. It is just crazy."

She estimated that up to 20 passengers were still standing on the train by the time the train had reached Longford.

"I was just so fed-up that I rang [Irish Rail] before we left the station. There are women who are pregnant on this train, and other passengers got up to let them sit down. There's no room for anyone to get up and down."

Irish Rail spokesperson Barry Kenny said the train had been reduced from a seven-carriage train to a four-carriage train this evening, and this was the reason for the overcrowding.

He said customers had reported their discomfort to Irish Rail and he apologised to customers for any discomfort they are experiencing.

He said there was a problem this evening with the availability of carriages for that service.

CIE are “reconsidering our fleet”, he said.

“We used to operate it as a six-carriage train, but we increased that to a seven-carriage train over the last few weeks. This evening it was brought down to a four-carriage train.”

He said the Dublin to Sligo service will resume as a seven-carriage train once again on Monday.

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