Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport and TD for Longford – Westmeath Robert Troy has met with the CEO of Irish Rail David Franks to discuss issues surrounding the Connolly – Mullingar rail service.

At the meeting Deputy Troy highlighted concerns surrounding overcrowding on certain rail services, particularly the 5.15pm Friday service from Connolly to Mullingar. The CEO of Irish Rail has said he will examine the situation to see what can be done to solve the overcrowding problem.

Deputy Troy said, “In recent months I have been contacted by a number of rail users who have expressed concerns surrounding the overcrowding of the Connolly – Mullingar rail service, particularly the Friday 5.15pm departure. No seats are available on key services and people have been left standing for over an hour as they travel to and from Dublin. This issue arose as the number of carriages was decreased from 8 to 4.

“I raised this issue with the CEO of Irish Rail David Franks and pressed him to put in place new measures to deal with the problem. Mr Franks has said he will examine the situation and see what can be done to resolve the overcrowding problem. He stated that the issue arises as new carriages are not due to be delivered to Irish Rail for another 18 months, which means there is a shortage of carriages with existing ones being moved around based on need.

“It’s important that Irish Rail continue to invest in the Connolly – Mullingar line. It is a vital piece of infrastructure with more and more people relying on the service, particularly those that commute to and from Dublin on a daily basis. I will continue to keep the pressure on Irish Rail management to ensure the outstanding issues with the service is dealt with and improvements are made in the months ahead,” concluded Deputy Troy.