Shelters needed at Sallins rail station

The absence of adequate shelters at Sallins train station has been criticised as CIE gets an emergency Government subvention of €36m to help the company balance its books.

The absence of adequate shelters at Sallins train station has been criticised as CIE gets an emergency Government subvention of €36m to help the company balance its books.

“The ongoing fiasco regarding shelters at Sallins station also makes you wonder. It’s literally hard to see where the shelters will actually fit when they are hopefully installed. They will have to dismantle newly erected structures to make room. It beggars belief that they could spend all that money and end up with almost a worse station than they started with” said Fianna Fail area representative James Lawless.

“I’ve always been a fan of public transport and I use the train to Dublin almost every working day. You’d sometimes wonder what commercial acumen, if any, do Irish Rail apply to their operation,” charged Mr. Lawless.

“We’ve been told their revenue is under pressure because the numbers are dropping but they must realise the prices they charge are causing that drop-off as well. It’s not so bad on a commuter ticket but they are simply not competitive for day trippers or casual users. Compared with the bus or even taking the car, their fares are far steeper” he claimed.

He said the pricing structures are still rooted on the old tram lines from the beginning of the last century.

“That’s apparently why it costs a couple of euro to travel from Hazelhatch or Maynooth but an extra tenner to travel on to Sallins.

- Paul O’Meara