Friday 15 December 2017

Editorial : Put an end to overcrowded rail carriages

Busy Dart at Connolly Station Dublin
Busy Dart at Connolly Station Dublin

FIGURES released today show that more and more Dubliners are using DART and commuter services, with passenger numbers for the first quarter of 2015 well up on last year.

DART numbers are up 6pc and commuter up 2pc, reflecting the economic recovery.

It’s good news – for Irish Rail.

Unfortunately many hardpressed commuters are already aware of the extra passengers – because they’re crammed in next to them on rush hour services.

A lack of capacity during the morning and evening sees carriages full of standing passengers.

This is unacceptable, given rising ticket costs, not to mention safety concerns.

Irish Rail has pledged to increase the frequency of DART services. That’s welcome, but can it also increase the number of carriages?

The issue at peak times is not how often a train comes, it’s whether it can safely transport commuters.


Grand slam for McIlroy?

RORY McIlroy embarks on the biggest task of his career to date in Augusta today – to win the US Masters and secure a career Grand Slam.

At the age of 25 there are few golfing pinnacles left for the Irish golfer to climb, but the Masters is one.

McIlroy famously led going into the last round at Augusta in 2011, only to lose out. This time round he’s teeing off as

favourite and playing the best golf of his career.

Can he succeed? Well, the Co Down man says he’s done all he can to prepare.

But, as he knows from hard experience, at Augusta it can all come down to how you play on the day.

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