Irish Rail must change course on Southside DART disruption says Senator

by Rachel Cunningham
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Irish Rail must re-examine plans for engineering works in May and June to minimise disruptions for commuters and visitors, a Fine Gael Senator has said.

Senator Regina Doherty, Fine Gael’s candidate for the European Elections in Dublin, criticised Irish Rail’s announcement of significant interruptions to train services. 

This will involve station closures between Grand Canal Dock and Bray over the coming months. 

Irish Rail has announced that, due to engineering works, no train services will run between Grand Canal Dock and Bray from Saturday May 4 to Monday May 6, and from Saturday May 28 and Sunday June 9.

“The DART and other commuter rail links are vital for so many commuters and visitors in Dublin,” said Senator Doherty.  

“The announcement of five full days of closure between will have a huge impact on people trying to get around the city, including visitors and those travelling for work.

“While engineering works may undoubtedly be required, Irish Rail should make sure that they are only disrupting vital services where absolutely necessary and not when other alternatives, such as night time works, could be possible.

“The dates involved include key events such as the European Rugby Champions Cup Final Stage when Leinster will play Northampton Saints in Croke Park when thousands of people along the southern DART line will be deprived of a rail link into Dublin city centre. 

“It’s a time of year when the weather is improving and more people will want to travel to places like Dún Laoghaire, Seapoint, Sandycove and Bray. 

“Is it really necessary to enforce such disruptions at this time of year?”

The Senator added that such closures are not helping to encourage more people to use public transport to reduce pressure on Dublin’s roads.

 “It is important that Irish Rail makes sure that all options have been examined, including whether it is possible to do such engineering work on a different schedule, or whether it is truly necessary to close 13 train stations on the southside for five days to complete the required works,” Senator Doherty said.

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