Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Timmy Dooley TD has welcomed the results of a Eurobarometer survey which shows that consumers find rail travel safe and secure and easy to purchase tickets.

“This survey is very welcome.  It’s good news for our rail services and also for our tourism industry.  In particular I think the results of this survey show that years of record investment in the rail network, and in particular track infrastructure, has reaped huge rewards for the country.  In this regard I want to pay tribute, especially this week, to Mary O’Rourke.  As Minister for Public Enterprise in the late 1990’s Mary began a much understated programme at the time of investment in track upgrades and new rolling stock, without which we would not have been able to increase speed, reduce journey times and improve passenger comfort.”

“I note in the survey published by Eurobarometer that rail users identified concerns with a lack of information with regard to passenger rights or delays.  This is an issue I hope to discuss in the near future with colleagues at the Oireachtas Transport Committee.  I believe these are issues that can be addressed with relative ease.”

“When it comes to tourism, our rail network can play a huge role.  I know Iarnród Éireann is keen to attract new customers to its network and the tourist market is ripe for the taking in that regard.  The results of the survey are a boost for the rail services and I hope this positive rating can be reflected in the marketing of the country internationally,” concluded Deputy Dooley.