‘People fainting on full trains’ in Donabate and Portrane

by Sylvia Pownall
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Labour local election candidate Corina Johnston has called for “deficiencies” in infrastructure in Donabate and Portrane to be addressed amid claims that commuters are fainting on overcrowded trains.

She said: “The Donabate Distributor Road is due to open later this year. The road is being constructed as a single lane despite planning permission granted for a dual carriageway.

“An alternative direct slip road from Donabate onto the M1 is needed to ensure the steady flow of traffic off the peninsula. The Hearse road needs to be upgraded.

“I am calling on the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to prioritise this before traffic chaos ensues.”

Calling on Transport Minister Shane Ross to fund an upgrade of the northern commuter line, she added: “The population is increasing all along the northern commuter line.

“Trains are full at peak times and the one direct bus to the city centre is full. People are fainting on the trains on a regular basis and many are now walking to Portrane to get on the direct bus.”

Ms Johnston also called on Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan to “address the lack of permanent gardai on the isolated peninsula”.

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