Rosslare strand becoming unmanned
Staff to be let go from train station
JOBS are at risk at Rosslare Strand Station following a decision by Irish Rail to turn it into an unmanned operation.
It isn't yet clear whether any jobs will go, with Iarnród Éireann only saying it will be talking to staff about what it terms 'redeployment options'.
Spokesman Barry Kenny said in the context of the financial situation facing Iarnród Éireann, 'which has seen significant reductions in our subvention and a reduction in numbers travelling, we have to examine all elements of our cost base.
'As has happened in many other stations on the network, we have been reviewing manning levels at Rosslare Strand Station as part of this. While we have some outstanding analysis to complete, it is envisaged that we will be not be able to sustain a station staff presence at Rosslare Strand into the future. We will be engaging with affected staff in the coming weeks in relation to redeployment options.'
Rosslare Strand has had a fully staffed rilway station since it opened on June 24, 1882.
In response to a separate question, Mr Kenny denied local reports that services between Wexford and Rosslare Strand could be curtailed.
'Service levels south of Wexford are not being reviewed, and there is no reduction proposed to services to Rosslare Strand and Rosslare Europort.
'I would reiterate that we will continue to provide rail services to and from Rosslare Strand and Rosslare Europort. Indeed connections between Dublin and these stations have in fact increased in recent years, from three trains to four trains each way daily in 2011, and this service frquency was maintained in our most recent timetable review which took effect on 20th January 2013,' he said.