Minister raises rail overcrowding

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar says steps are in place to address over-crowding on the Sligo to Dublin Rail Service which serves Boyle.

The Transport Minister has directly raised the issue of over-crowding with Irish Rail and the National Rail Authority following parliamentary question raised by Sligo North Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin, and comes following recent concern over the issue.

At the end of last month, Irish Rail was forced to apologise after concerned passengers took to social media  posting pictures showing a significant number of people standing in corridors and carriages packed with luggage items on the Sligo to Dublin service.

In response to Mr. McLoughlin’s question, the Transport Minister said he understood the company has taken steps to re-introduce larger carriages to accommodate passengers where this has been considered necessary.

Mr. McLoughlin is welcoming the response, stating he hopes Iarnród Éireann  will review their provision of carriage numbers at certain times “to ensure that all passengers are seated and that the enjoy a pleasant experience on their trip between Sligo and Dublin (additional reporting Ocean FM news)

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