Mitchell O’Connor asks Dun Laoghaire for its views on Irish Rail services

Dun Laoghaire Deputy asks local commuters to engage with survey so that experiences can be recorded

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has called on the people of Dun Laoghaire to make their views known on the service provided by Irish Rail through her online survey launched today (Wednesday).

The survey was the brainchild of Deputy Mitchell O’Connor’s Party colleague, Simon Harris TD, who has been inundated with complaints following a reduction in services being provided by Irish Rail.

“Last month, Irish Rail dramatically scaled back the number of carriages on its trains in a bid to reduce costs and streamline services. It was initially envisaged that the reduction in carriages would be applied only to off-peak services, however, anecdotal evidence suggests that that is not the case and that reduced capacity trains are being run during peak times of 7am-9am and 4.30pm-7pm. This is resulting in massive overcrowding of trains at best and passengers unable to board trains at worst.

“People pay a lot of money to travel by train in this country and have a right to expect a reliable service in return. I appreciate the fact that Irish Rail is attempting to make savings but biting the hand that feeds you in order to do that makes little or no sense.

“Deputy Harris and I plan to seek a meeting with the Chief Executive of Irish Rail to relay the concerns of the commuter classes with him. I would encourage all those who use the Dun Laoghaire line to engage with this survey so that their concerns can also be expressed to management.”

The survey can be accessed here:

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