Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare South Fiona O’Loughlin says she is disappointed that commuters travelling from Newbridge and Kildare will miss out on fare reductions recently announced by the National Transport Authority.

Deputy O’Loughlin says further efforts need to be made to reduce rail fares for commuter’s right across Kildare.

“The National Transport Authority has taken an important step forward in reforming the structure of rail fares for commuter’s right across the Greater Dublin Area. This has resulted in a major reduction in fares for commuters in towns such as Naas and Kilcock,” said Deputy O’Loughlin.

“However its disappointing that commuters in South Kildare have missed out on these savings, particular for those travelling by rail from Newbridge and Kildare. It is widely acknowledged that we need to make greater use of public transport in the Greater Dublin Area, but this can only be achieved if fares are affordable for commuters.

“The decision by the NTA to restructure fares is welcome, but further effort is needed to bring the benefits of these changes to south Kildare commuters. This is something which I will be raising with the NTA”, concluded Deputy O’Loughlin.