Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow John Brady has asked the Minister for Transport Shane Ross to explain why consideration is being given to the unmanning and downgrading Wicklow Train Station.
Speaking this afternoon, Teachta Brady said:
“I am extremely concerned at the possibility of the unmanning of Wicklow train station. This downgrading measure would have a detrimental impact on those who rely on public transport particularly our vulnerable citizens.
“The unmanning of Wicklow train station will make travelling for people with disabilities even more difficult. They already face an extraordinary ordeal when it comes to accessing trains in the first instance, this will only make a bad situation worse.
“Users of the train already have to deal with a substandard service as there a serious capacity issues with the trains and a lack of carriages. Many people have to stand their entire journey. I have continuously raised this along with other issues of concern regarding our public transport service. Unfortunately this government seems content not to invest in our public transport system as there will be no additional train carriages until 2021.
“Back in January I presented Minister Ross with a petition opposing the unmanning of train and DART stations signed by over 3,000 people. Their voices have gone ignored by Minister Ross.
“I have asked Minister Ross to explain to me why the downgrading of Wicklow train station is being considered. This is something that I will strongly oppose.”