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Sunday 17 November 2019

'Overcrowding on trains becoming a major concern'

The rail network is slowly becoming unusable due to overcrowding issues.

That's according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism, and Sport, Marc Mac Sharry TD who said there is huge concern over the issue.

Deputy Mac Sharry also criticised any suggestion that free travel should be limited on public transport to combat overcrowding.

He said: "Any suggestion that free public transport should be abolished or limited on trains in these circumstances should be nipped in the bud.

"People using their travel pass are not the problem.

"The lack of leadership shown by Minister Ross and the failure of the government to oversee the expansion of the rail fleet is the real problem here."

Deputy MacSharry said despite being told additional carriages will be provided, this has yet to happen. "I have been repeatedly told additional carriages would be on order. However, no definitive timelines can be provided by the Department or Minister.

"We have seen a public campaign urging people to stagger their journey times due to overcrowding.

"In the past 24 hours it has been suggested some services, coinciding with major events, will require advanced booking only.

"This only serves to highlight a major failure of government to deliver extra capacity across our rail services.

"The Minister should address the deficits in existing services by supporting targeted investment and permitting upgrades that would provide greater frequency and efficiency," he added.

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