Senator Thomas Byrne has this week asked members of the public to examine Irish Rail’s proposed new timetable for the Dunboyne/M3 – Dublin Route and to respond to Irish Rail’s request for feedback.
“Irish Rail has this week proposed that off-peak services between M3 Parkway will no longer go direct to Dublin. Instead commuters are being asked to transfer at Clonsilla for all off-peak services. I think that this is a retrograde step and in my view is no way to encourage commuters to start to use an underused service” said Senator Byrne
“While I do welcome the proposal to have some later trains serve Dunboyne, the leisure traveller, shopper or even the student who is not tied to peak time services will find it increasingly difficult to justify using this service at off-peak times. One of the advantages of the off peak service is that many services go directly to Connolly for easy linkage with Dart and Luas. In fact, if this timetable continues, even the proposed “BXD” LUAS connection at Broombridge would mean Dunboyne travellers would have two changes before getting on the LUAS.”
“I am glad that, before introducing this change in 2013, Irish Rail has invited public consultation and I would urge local commuters to log on to irishrail.ie and make their feelings known. A huge investment was made in this rail line and we need to encourage more to use it” concluded Senator Byrne.