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Members Oppose any Reduction in Rail Services

Press Release – Wednesday 25 January, 2017.

 

COUNCIL DEMANDS IMPROVED RAIL LINKS TO COUNTY WEXFORD

Members Oppose any Reduction in Rail Services

 

At the January meeting of Wexford County Council the elected members reviewed and approved a comprehensive submission in relation to the Rail Review Report, recently published by the National Transport Authority and Iarnród Éireann. 

The Rail Review Report identifies that cost savings would be made by suspending services on a number of rail lines in the country - including the Dublin to Rosslare Europort line south of Gorey.   The 60 page Council submission takes issue with the findings and recommendations of the Report, stating the Council is “emphatically opposed to the suspension of any rail services in County Wexford” .

In its submission, Wexford County Council states that the rail service serving Wexford is critically and strategically important for the social and economic benefit of the County and says the relatively low passenger numbers using the Rosslare Europort to Dublin line is largely due to the poor level of service provided by Irish Rail on the line, with generally only 4 scheduled services a day departing from Rosslare, slow travel times and inadequate rolling stock. 

A key element of the Council’s submission is the fact that the mainline service from Wexford shares a single rail line with the DART service from Greystones, with resulting scheduling problems, reduced frequency and slow travel times. The submission addresses this difficulty by recommending that the mainline rail service operates between Rosslare Europort and Bray, with a rail link to Dublin via the DART service at Bray (operating every 10 to 15 minutes at peak times). 

The Council submission recommends that appropriate investment be provided by central government into improving and enhancing the standard of service of the rail system serving County Wexford in order to increase passenger numbers and improve the economic viability of the service.

It recommends that Irish Rail gives strong consideration to: 

  • Provision of appropriate quality inter-city rail carriages on service between Bray and Rosslare Europort.
  • Increasing frequency of service, particularly at peak times.
  • Improving travel time by limiting stops at smaller stations, particularly at peak times and appropriate investment in coastal protection works to ensure that exposed sections of rail line are protected.
  • Fare prices to be reviewed in order to be competitive with other modes of transport. 

The submission goes on to say the Council views any decision on the suspension of rail services to be premature pending the publication of the proposed National Planning Framework, due to be completed later in 2017.

 ENDS

 

Media Enquiries to:        David Minogue, Communications Officer

T:  053 91 96000   M:  087 7619555   E: david.minogue@wexfordcoco.ie

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