Thursday 22 August 2019

'It's a joke, I'm sure others feel the same way'

Janice English (20) got a bus back to Waterford
Janice English (20) got a bus back to Waterford
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Commuters complained of journeys that took longer than usual as the second day of rail strikes placed the remainder of the public transport system under pressure.

There were long queues at the Busáras bus station in Dublin's city centre last night as travellers searched for alternative routes home.

Among them was Janice English (20), who had travelled to the capital for a concert on Monday and had to take a bus back to Co Waterford.

"I would usually get the train up and back, so it did affect me. There was a big group of us.

"It takes longer on the bus and it's cheaper on the train," she said.

"It would have been €60 return on the train but it was €50 just for the bus home."

However, Ms English said she was not angry about the workers going on strike.

John Monaghan (25), from Co Limerick, said he was seriously inconvenienced as he uses the rail service very often to travel around the country for his work.

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John Monaghan called it a ‘farce’

He had wanted to stay late at work last night, but was unable to as he had to catch a bus. "It's a bit of a joke, it's a farce to be honest. I'm sure a lot of people feel the same way," he told the Irish Independent.

"The bus was booked up. I'm based in Limerick but I travel to Dublin and Newry by rail. It's a serious inconvenience."

Nicole Kelly (27), from Dublin, said she supported the rail workers in the industrial action.

"I would have gotten a train if it wasn't for the strike," she said.

Irish Independent

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