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Rail users fall victim to Ross' indecision on carriages

25 October 2019

Statement by Senator Kevin Humphreys
Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Labour Transport spokesperson Kevin Humphreys has criticised the Government for continuously stalling the decision to purchase 41 extra rail car carriages for Irish Rail.

Senator Humphreys said:

“As the Labour Party has been saying for some time now, our trains are an absolute nightmare for commuters and train users during peak hour.

“Workers, parents and schoolchildren and are being crammed into these carriages at dangerous levels, with many parents with buggies simply unable to even get on.

“Despite these repeated calls and media reports of the overcrowding situation, Minister Ross is continuing to stall the purchase of 41 additional carriages.

“Just this week, I received a letter from the Minister stating that a business case has been submitted for the purchase of the carriages.

“So why the continuous delay in seeking Cabinet approval?

 “Commuters have been waiting on these carriages for years now, and with swift approval they could be taking employees to work and schoolchildren to school by 2022.

“The longer this approval is stalled, the more this date will continue to be pushed out.

“We need to see real and genuine movement on this immediately, Commcommuters deserve much more than what they are currently getting – which is less than nothing.”