Kildare North TD James Lawless has welcomed news that Sallins, Naas, and Kilcock train stations will be moved into the ‘short hop zone’ and fares will be reduced by up to 50% following a serious of meetings held between the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Deputy Lawless on the matter.

Deputy Lawless said “I am delighted to hear that after meeting with the NTA a number of times in Leinster House on the disparity of train fares for commuters in Kilcock, Naas, and Sallins that they have reviewed this zoning and are making significant changes for the betterment of commuters in these areas.

“This was a major issue for commuters I travel with daily from Sallins train station and was brought to my attention frequently at my weekly clinic in Kilcock. This change means fares will decrease significantly for train users from these stations. Previously in Kildare North the short hop zone ended at Maynooth and Hazelhatch & Celbridge stations, I am delighted I have secured its extension to Sallins, Naas, and Kilcock.

“The three stations will now be brought into the short hop zone. This was the number one issue I raised with the NTA at our meetings during the summer. It will come as a great relief to many of the commuters I have met at these stations. It is my understanding this new zone will result in up to 50% savings compared to previous tickets prices.

“This is huge news as it opens the entire market of Sallins and Naas to a wider audience. It has the potential to transform the area with significant footfall as rail fares become cheaper, and the use of the leap card is extended to the area.

“As a founding members of the Naas and Sallins Rail Users Group and rail commuter for the past ten years it has been a long lobbying campaign to secure this rezoning. This is a fantastic result for everyone in Naas, Sallins, and Kilcock.