Co Kildare commuters are facing overcrowding on trains with concerns being voiced by a local TD that new rail carriages will do little to 'alleviate the challenges.'
Local Fianna Fáil TD, Frank O’Rourke, has said the allocation of funding to provide new rail carriages will do little to alleviate the overcrowding challenges faced by Kildare commuters in the short and medium term.
Deputy O'Rourke said: “Irish Rail is expected to get approval from the National Transport Authority (NTA) to purchase new rail carriages worth €100 million. While this investment is welcome, it is long overdue and given the timeline for the delivery of the carriages, there will be no benefit in the short to medium term.”
He said:“It is disappointing that the first contract, for 41 new carriages, is not due to be awarded until the end of the year. The lead-in time for the delivery of the carriages is up to two and three years. As of now, there will be no space for additional passengers to travel on peak train services from Sallins / Hazelhatch or Kilcock, Maynooth / Leixlip.”
Deputy O'Rourke said:“I welcome this long overdue investment in Irish rail service. It is vital to invest in Ireland’s public transport. Irish Rail currently has approximately 630 carriages. We have a capacity issue now and we need to resolve it now.”
He said:“I called last year on Irish Rail to secure to refurbish the 28 rail carriages that had entered service in 1998 and are held in storage since 2012. I understand that they have ruled this option out. I am now calling on Irish Rail, with the support of the Minister for Transport, to immediately lease or hire carriages.”
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