September 28, 2021

‘Madness’ – overcrowding on trains driving Wicklow’s traffic chaos, says TD

Chronic overcrowding on our trains is causing gridlock on Wicklow’s main roads, according to a local TD.

Deputy John Brady raised the issue in the Dáil recently and has called for far greater capacity on trains travelling on the Dublin to Rosslare line.

“Every day Wicklow commuters traveling into Dublin for work face overcrowded trains with barely enough room to stand, let alone sit down,” said Deputy Brady.

“This overcrowding is forcing commuters off public transport and into their cars leading to major traffic on the N11.

“We know from the 2016 Census that 1,750 people from Arklow and 4,339 people from Wicklow Town commute to Dublin on a daily basis for work yet, this is not reflected in the train service provided. There are only five train services through Wicklow to Dublin daily and the train times are awkward for commuters with only two morning trains between 6am and 7am.

“At a time when people are being encouraged to use public transport and when many are prepared to make changes and do their bit for climate change, they simply cannot do so in Wicklow.”

The Sinn Féin TD said he has asked Irish Rail to extend the Short Hop Zone to Arklow to allow commuters to avail of the leap card fares.

However, he was told they cannot do so “for fear more people would use the train and they cannot cater for any more passengers”.

Deputy Brady (pictured below) described this situation as “madness”, adding: “We need to see additional capacity on the Dublin-Rosslare line urgently. Minister Ross must begin prioritising public transport over motorways and invest in a proper public transport system.”

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