Irish Rail offer little hope for Greystones on Timetable Revision

Chris Rafferty  District DART Manager and Stephen Kane Timetable Planner attended Greystones Municipal District Meetingon Tuesday. They said that the new timetable, which provides 10 minute services from Bray, would probably come into operation after Easter but they were not finalised yet.

The draft timetable showed trains taking 5.5 minutes extra time but they were not able to offer much hope on that. This meant that, to get to work in Dublin at 9 a Greystones person would have to get the 7.30 DART instead of the 8.00 at present. Also an Arklow person would have to get the 6.04 instead of the 7.00 at present.  They hoped to make minor adjustments so that commuters do not have to leave so much earlier.

‘I had also asked that an extra DART from Greystones and an extra diesel from Arklow would be provided but they claimed that this can’t be done because they are short of carriages and track capacity. We asked for a more frequent Saturday service but they were reluctant as they felt there was not demand for it. I don’t accept this and think they need to do more. ’

‘I feel that South of Greystones the rail track is empty and the N11 full and IR have no long term plan to improve the service South of Bray. I asked to meet a suitable person to discuss some ideas I have for longer term investment to improve it and they seemed to agree to that.

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