Wicklow and East Carlow General Election candidate Cllr Jennifer Cuffe says she is disappointed that Greystones will be disadvantaged by Irish Rail’s new timetable proposals.

Cllr Cuffe commented, “Commuters in Wicklow have serious concerns about the proposals put forward by Irish Rail in relation to the DART timetable. These proposals will have a significant impact on people in the Greystones area, especially those, like me, who use public transport to commute to work in the city each day. The changes will result in increased travel times and there is no provision for extra DARTS’s to serve the Greystones area.

“People commuting northbound on the DART from Greystones are worried that the new timetable will result in them having to leave their homes earlier while also having to spend longer on the DART itself when trying to get to work. The bottom line is that commuters from Greystones will not be afforded any additional services, unlike the rest of the commuter belt. There are also no new additional weekend services for people to travel to and from Greystones.

“The consultation period for these proposed changes has been far too short and I believe it should have been left open for another few weeks to ensure everyone has an opportunity to make a contribution. I urge Irish Rail to extend the consultation period to ensure all views on the proposed changes can be taken on board,” urged Cllr Cuffe.

“The departure times on all routes will change should these proposals be implemented. Some of the changes will be significant. Irish Rail is advising all customers on the Connolly route to view the draft schedules which are available on its website. Irish Rail is stressing that many services will see changes to departure times, or alterations to stopping patterns of individual trains which may affect people’s journeys.

“Many people I have spoken with are still unaware of the significance of the proposed changes and how it could impact on their daily commutes. Irish Rail needs to give commuters more time to check out the proposed changes and give their valuable feedback. This is why I am calling for an extension to the consultation process,” concluded Cllr Cuffe.