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Reason for low fares is simple

Barry Walshe cannot understand how the price of a rail ticket from Dublin to Ballina is the same as a Holyhead to London ticket, although the latter is twice the distance (Letters, January 28).

He should note that the population between Holyhead and London is about eight times that of Ireland. And this is one thing Irish people can't get their heads around when comparing prices, particularly the UK.

It's known as footfall.

If Irish Rail had the same population and passenger numbers between Dublin and Ballina as Holyhead and London, I'm sure the prices would be lower.

Alan Fairbrother
Dublin 16

Irish Independent