Congestion on Sallins-Dublin train

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Congestion on Sallins-Dublin train

Sallins Train Station

More money needs to be spent to ease congestion on early morning trains leaving Sallins for Dublin.

Fianna Fail TD James Lawless recently raised the issue in the Dail and he was critical of the “disappointing response to calls for additional funding to increase train capacity for commuters from Sallins and Naas as well as Hazelhatch”.

A number of commuters took to Twitter to voice their concerns toward Irish Rail at the overcrowding they experienced recently. This happened “on a day when only three carriage served the morning Dublin bound 7.28am service from Sallins,” he said

Speaking in the Dail, he said: “The 7.28 a.m. service from Sallins to Grand Canal Dock was absolutely full leaving that station with eight stops to go. Commuters were physically unable to board the train at Hazelhatch, Adamstown and further in. There is an urgent need for greater capacity on these services.” Criticising Minister for Transport Tourism and Shane Ross he said “shockingly” the Minister has yet to spend a single cent on new rolling stock. He asked: “Where are the carriages, where are the services and where is the capacity that is so badly needed on these commuter lines?”

Dep. Lawless said money must be provided for new carriages.

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