Monday 21 May 2018

Rail commuters hit with price hikes of up to 13pc

Intercity train passengers were hit with fare increases today in an overhaul of ticket prices. Most fares rose but some were reduced in a widespread change in ticket pricing.

Two-thirds of all rail tickets went up in price today with some rising by up to 13pc.

The changes have simplified the pricing system and the company promised the new system will be simpler, fairer and easier to understand.

Faster, express services will cost passengers more than slower trains that feel as though they are taking the scenic route.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) recently approved the streamlining of the ticketing system.

Today's Intercity fares hikes follow recent increases in DART and commuter train fares in Dublin and Cork when fares rose by 7pc on January 4.

There is now just three ticket types on long distance trains. These are: a single one-way ticket; a one-day return ticket; and a 30-day open return ticket. Pricing will be based on distance, and the speed of the service will be a key factor for setting fares.

There are three speed bands: express, economy one and economy two. While a number of fares will decrease, most will increase and a handful will remain the same.

For example, a single trip from Heuston, Dublin, to Sallins, Co Kildare, has increased 9.72pc from €7.20 to €7.90.

The biggest increase of 13.3pc was announced for journeys from Longford town to Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim; Tullamore, Co Offaly, to Athlone, Co Westmeath; and Woodlawn, Co Galway, to Galway town.

Until today, a ticket valid for return in five days from Heuston to Limerick was priced at €54. Now, a one-day return fare costs €54 and a ticket valid for return within 30 days costs €59.

A 30-day return from Heuston to Cork now costs €77, while a one-day return costs €71. A one-way ticket for the same journey has been reduced from €66 to €60.


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