Saturday 16 February 2019

'Major difficulties' with rail timetables

Local Fianna Fáil TD and Housing Spokesperson, Darragh O'Brien has said the congestion and capacity issues caused by changes introduced to Irish Rail and DART timetables are causing 'major difficulties' for daily commuters in North County Dublin.

Raising the matter directly with the Taoiseach in Dáil Éireann recently, he said, 'The recent changes made to the Irish Rail timetable, including DART services, have become a major difficulty for those who rely on these services daily.

'The demand for services on the Northern Line is so rapidly increasing that it's creaking at the seams, and it's clear from the Taoiseach's response yesterday that he's oblivious to the growing population of Dublin Fingal and certainly not interested in these concerns.'

The Deputy told the Taoiseach that Irish Rail, on his 'insistence', had agreed to restore two morning commuter services at Portmarnock, at 7.29am and 7.42am.

He said: 'I have been assured that off-peak commuter services will be half-hourly from December, while some trains have been restored to eight carriages.'

Though offering assurances that the Deputy himself, along with his party colleagues, Cllr Adrian Henchy and Cllr Eoghan O'Brien were working to ensure all peak time services would operate with eight carriages, he pointed out that these carriages were not be expected to be in operation before 2020.

The local TD said that 'stopgap measures' had helped alleviate 'some of the worst consequences' of the new timetable, but that the timetable itself had in fact resulted in a cut to services for North County Dublin rail users.

The service for North County Dublin had suffered from 'chronic' under-investment over the past seven years, he said, adding that he would 'continue to push for improvements' to the Fingal rail service.

Fingal Independent