Athy train station to become staff-less

Council to write to Irish Rail

Paula Campbell

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Significant investment in Athy Train Station faciliites

Athy Train Station.

Athy train station is to operate without any staff as part of plans to make it a staff-less railway station, one of a number of train stations in Kildare according to a local councillor.

Cllr Tommy Redmond raised the issue at this month’s area meeting which was held earlier today at Castledermot Community Centre.

He tabled a motion that the council write to Irish Rail to express their regret that these plans have been confirmed by the National Transport Authority adding that this was not in the best interest of Athy town community.

Cllr Redmond said that the matter was confirmed to him by the Chairperson of the NTA on March, 26, 2019. He added that a number of stations in Kildare are to be made staff-less.

“I feel in Athy that a lot of people will find this difficult,” he said.

“Already we have no lift for people with disabilities and one of the toilets does not work. We’ve been let down by Irish Rail. Anyone who has any sort of difficulty at all will be affected by this and it will be a bad day for the town.”

All agreed that the council should write to Irish Rail to express their concerns.