Fianna Fáil Press Office
Lorraine Clifford-Lee
Dublin Fingal

07 December 2015

Clifford-Lee calls for extension of Irish Rail consultation process

Dublin Fingal candidate Lorraine Clifford-Lee is calling on Irish Rail to extend the deadline for the consultation process on proposed changes to timetables.

“Commuters have expressed their concern to me about the planned changes to the Irish Rail timetable. This will have a significant impact on people in the Fingal area, especially those who use public transport to get into the city to work. Changes to the timetable will mean that carriages will be even more crowded than they are at present,” she warned.

“While many in Portmarnock and Malahide  welcome the prospect of more Dart trains, they are concerned this will mean even more crowded carriages at rush hour which will have to be monitored for health and safety purposes and adjusted if necessary. As it is many people end up standing all the way for their journey and they are too tightly packed in.
“People on the commuter line from Donabate northwards are worried that the new timetable will mean one less train from town – they are likely to lose the 5.30pm train which will mean even more crowds on the 5.15pm and 5.50pm trains – which is a sizeable gap in service. The bottom line is that commuters from Donabate and northwards won’t just lose one train – it’s one less train from town between 5-6. They are losing one rush hour train which will have a big impact on accessibility.
“The consultation period has been way too short and should be left open for another few weeks to ensure everyone has an opportunity to make a contribution,” urged Ms Clifford-Lee.

Under the proposals departure times will change on all routes, some significantly. On its website Irish Rail advises all customers on all Connolly routes to view the draft schedules, as many services will see departure time changes, or changes to stopping patterns of individual trains which may affect their journeys.

“Not everyone has access to the internet – Irish Rail needs to give commuters more time to check out the proposed changes and then give their feedback. That is why I am calling for an extension to the consultation process,” she added.
-ENDS-