Latest press release from Stephen Donnelly TD, issued on Tuesday, November 3rd 2020…
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has welcomed a decision by Irish Rail to reinstate the vital 7.54am DART from Greystones.
The service had recently been replaced by an Intercity to Bray at 7.48am which meant all of the commuters from Wexford to Greystones were being forced onto the same train. Irish Rail had made the changes to allow for works on the line but have now reversed their decision after being contacted by Minister Donnelly’s office.
Minister Donnelly said: “My office received a number of complaints from commuters who were rightly upset that they were being forced onto an Intercity service. The 7.54am service is probably the busiest one of the day as it is used by both workers heading to Dublin and schoolchildren going to Bray.
“Under the current Level 5 restrictions the guidelines are that public transport should operate at 25 per cent capacity which is impossible if you are reducing peak time services. I’m delighted Irish Rail have made the sensible decision to reinstate the 7.54am service. They have said it will be back in operation later this week.”
Disruptions to rail services are expected till Sunday 15th to facilitate the City Centre Resignalling Commissioning works. Irish Rail say services to and through Connolly Station will be suspended at weekends while there will also be some weekday service alterations to DART and commuter routes.
The Minister added: “I would remind anyone using public transport that face coverings must be worn.
“I know it’s not possible for everybody but if possible try to walk or cycle toyour destination.”
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