Fianna Fáil TD for Wicklow Stephen Donnelly met with the CEO of Irish Rail in Dáil Éireann this week, and has received a commitment that the future of Greystones Train Station is safe.
For many months, people in the Greystones area have expressed serious concerns about the future of the train station. This was kicked off earlier this year when the CIE Group began looking for new retail occupancy in the station. Local fears included the potential for the entire building to be turned into commercial use, with access for passengers being downgraded. Such was the level of concern that a petition in Stephen’s office was signed by several hundred people.
Deputy Donnelly wrote to the CEO of Irish Rail in June, and has been in communication since then. Earlier this week Stephen met with CEO David Franks, to discuss the future of the station, and other rail issues including high fares and overcrowding.
Two days after the meeting Deputy Donnelly received confirmation that that the station would remain active, including the existing entrance, internal space and access to the platforms.
Speaking from Wicklow, Donnelly stated, “The local community will be thrilled to hear that the station will remain in use including the existing concourse and station building. I have also received further commitments to improve services for people with disabilities. I’d like to thank Irish Rail, and it’s CEO David Franks, for taking the time to explore this issue. The station is a vital part of the area’s transport infrastructure, so it’s great to know that it will remain as such.”