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Monday 20 November 2017

Safety chiefs to review packed 'short' trains

RAILWAY safety bosses are to monitor passenger numbers on shortened trains amid concerns they are overcrowded.

The Railway Safety Commission (RSC) will monitor DART and commuter services over the coming weeks after complaints were made about a lack of seating and standing room.

The move comes after Iarnrod Eireann introduced shorter trains last September on certain routes as part of efforts to generate savings of up to €3.2m a year from lower fuel and maintenance costs.

But the RSC will now undertake some monitoring of services following a spate of complaints from members of the travelling public.

The move to introduce shorter trains comes following steep cuts in State funding to the semi-state railway company.

Irish Independent

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