Social Democrat Cllr Jennifer Whitmore has raised concerns about the proposed changes to Greystones train station.
Whitmore expressed concerns about how changes could impact on the safety of passengers, particularly school children that use the service. She also noted that a new entrance, which would be opened at the bottom of Bow Lane, “is quite isolated and poorly lit.
“A number of parents, whose children use the service to get to school, have come to me to express their concern… and that it would no longer be safe for their children to get the train by themselves,” she said.
Whitmore added she had spoken to Irish Rail numerous times about the impact the changes would have on people who need assistance to access trains, as there will be no staff members on hand at the station.
“The proposed closure of the station will have wide-ranging impacts, including to the local traders, schoolchildren and tourists,” she said.
“It is important that Irish Rail recognise the value that this station provides to the Greystones district and rather than downgrading that service, actually looks at how it could improve it for the whole community.
“This is a very important issue and I am pleased that a number of public representatives are active on this matter with the aim of protecting the station,” Whitmore said.
Last week, Wicklow TD Minister Simon Harris also met representatives with Irish Rail to convey concerns of commuters and business owners in Greystones about the proposed changes (read here).
Speaking last week, Mr Harris said he was worried about the plans as “they seem nonsensical, ludicrous and quite frankly ignorant of the reality in terms of how our town operates.”
He added that footfall would be significantly altered which would cause an inconvenience for commuters and businesses.
According to Mr Harris, Irish Rail agreed to his request to visit Greystones and meet a delegation of concerned business owners.