Wednesday 22 May 2019

These public transport price changes come into effect today

Free travel for all under-fives on subsidised public transport services
Free travel for all under-fives on subsidised public transport services
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Thousands of public transport passengers will have to dig deeper in their pockets for some fares from today.

There are price changes, both increases and decreases, kicking off across Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann, Luas and train routes.

They include:

  • Bus Éireann city centre fare zones widen in Cork, Limerick, Galway
  • Free transport for children under five - up from four years of age
  • Irish Rail prices to increase slightly
  • Monthly Luas ticket to increase
  • Special €1 off-peak fare for Luas customers
  • 1 in 5 get free transport

Dublin Bus' mid-range journey tickets will increase by 5.6pc, while Luas cash fares are increasing by up to 5pc.

However, bus and rail customers elsewhere in the country will see a reduction in their fares.

Many fares across the Irish Rail network will increase slightly, generally in line with the cost of living.

Speaking on RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland, the National Transport Authority Chief Executive Anne Graham said the fare changes are part of a restructuring plan.

"We've introduced an off-park city centre fare for Luas travel, it's one euro.

"It'll commence when the Luas Cross City is up and running for a year, from December 9.

"We'll revalue it after a year and see if it fits with making people use public transport more," Ms Graham said.

"We're trying to simplify the Dublin Bus fares. We're moving to make the second and the third stage fares the same price.

"What will be offered in time is a time-based single fare, and you can travel as much as you want with that fare.

"We're hoping this will encourage more interchanges on the bus, which will work on the revised network which we're also planning to put in place.

"You can get value for money if you change to the Leap card or use the rambler tickets," she added.

Ms Graham said all under-5s will now be free to travel on all public transport, up one year from the age of four.

She also detailed how the city centre fare zones in Cork, Limerick and Galway will be widened, meaning customers in the surrounding areas of the urban centres will see 46pc price cuts.

"This is quite a significant saving." she added.

Ms Graham also asked cyclists to be aware of where the tracks are as the Luas gets set to kick off its cross-city route in Dublin next week.

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