Kildare councillor calls for meeting with Irish Rail and National Transport Authority

Issues to be addressed urgently

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Kildare councillor calls for meeting with Irish Rail and National Transport Authority

Newbridge Train Station

Fine Gael councillor, Mark Stafford has called for a meeting to take place with representatives of Irish Rail and the National Transport Agency to tackle rail issues in the county.

At the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District meeting at Aras Chill Dara in Naas on Wednesday, November 15, last, Cllr Stafford asked that representatives be invited to meet members. He said issues to address should include fare prices, parking and station facilities.

“We have two train stations that are very important for national and commuter routes, Kildare and Newbridge, both of which are very busy.”

He said there are a large number of commuters, and as the economy improves there will be more demand, and increased traffic.

“It’s very important that we continue to support rail stations.”

One of the issues Cllr Stafford wants addressed is the price of fares.

He gave the example that the cost of a return fare from Kildare Town to Heuston, Dublin is €23.75.

He added that Kildare town commuters are expected to pay three times the amount that commuters going from Sallins do.

He also said car parking is cheaper at Sallins station, and added that in Kildare town, there is no parking available after 8am.

Cllr Suzanne Doyle (FF) supported the motion.

She said pressure should be put on Irish Rail to address the issue.

A report issued by Kildare County Council at the meeting said: “If the members are in agreement, a letter of invitation will be issued to Irish Rail and the National Transport Agency.”