No new Sallins rail carriages for a year

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Paul O'Meara

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No new Sallins rail carriages for a year

File photo: James Lawless at Sallins Train Station

Commuters complaining about overcrowding on trains to and from Sallins station are not likely to see any relief for about a year.

Kildare North TD James Lawless has said the allocation of funding to provide new rail carriages will do little to alleviate the overcrowding challenges faced by passengers in the short and medium term in Sallins, Hazelhatch and further along the Kildare line.

He was commenting following reports that Irish Rail is expected to get approval from the National Transport Authority (NTA) for the purchase of €100 million worth of new rail carriages.

“I welcome this long overdue investment in Irish rail services, which is now serving a record number of passengers each year. It is vital to invest in Ireland’s public transport, if we are to reduce the congestion and environmental pollution that is plaguing our country. While the funding for new carriages is to be welcomed, it is disappointing that the first contract, for 41 new carriages, is not due to be awarded until the end of the year.”

Dep Lawless said this will do little to reduce overcrowding on trains in the short to medium term as the lead-in time for the delivery of all carriages is extremely long.