Mitchell against Plan to end direct trains from Wicklow

The plans for DART+ to Maynooth involve stopping the peak hour diesel trains from Arklow, Rathdrum, Wicklow & Kilcoole in Greystones and making the passengers transfer to the 2 DARTs per hour there. This is being done to allow 13 DARTs from Maynooth onto the North South line in the peak. ‘I am totally opposed to this as it will mean more people will use their cars, clog up the N11and be bad for Climate Change ‘said Cllr Derek Mitchell who is Chair of the Wicklow Transport Committee.

Now there are 2 early morning diesel trains, one before the peak hour and one during. In 2018 I prepared a plan to provide 2 peak hour ones and lengthen them to cope with the population increase. This seems to have been rejected.

The Maynooth project will take 4 years and I urge interested Wicklow & Wexford people to make a submission to  before the 7th October. This shuttle will also increase the journey time from Arklow to Dublin by 11 mins to virtually the same time as from Belfast to Dublin!

South Eastern trains to Dublin must not be cancelled.

You can view the plan below:

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