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Sunday 22 October 2017

Commuters force U-turn over rail cuts

COMMUTERS on one of Dublin's busiest rail routes are claiming victory after Irish Rail backtracked on service cuts.

Fears about the future of Broombridge Station in Cabra had been raised after the company reduced the number of trains from 42 to 32, as a result of the opening of a new platform in Dunboyne.

The Herald had reported how city workers had complained about overcrowding with some saying they had to "squash onto trains like cattle".

But Irish Rail has now revealed that "all morning and evening peak services will serve Broombridge".



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"These changes are designed to improve journey times at peak intercity travel times for our customers providing an even better service," said a statement on their website.

Local Senator Paschal Donohoe told the Herald: "This is a victory for commuters and I am glad that common sense has prevailed.

"Iarnrod Eireann cannot open a new station and then tell people on existing stations that they cannot use it." The Fine Gael senator noted that locals have been suspicious for some time that rail bosses wanted to downgrade services in Broombridge.

He had previously said that it was an odd consequence of one station opening that another must reduce its service.

One commuter, who did not want to be named, had complained people were being left on the platform in Broombridge "as they could just not make it on the train doors anywhere".

He added: "In this day and age, we should not be trying to squash onto trains like cattle. It is extremely sickening to be stuck in that situation and to be honest I'm amazed not more people faint on these trains."

Irish Rail has also made a number of significant timetable adjustments which have come into effect this week.

"These alterations will dramatically improve journey times to a number of services on a number of routes," say the rail company.

kdoyle@herald.ie

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