Local Labour Party candidate Paul O’Brien has called for improvements in Wicklow transport services to be made in the wake of complaints from angry commuters on his campaign trail.
Highlighting problems with Wicklow Train Station, he emphasised that Iarnród Eireann need to work to make the facility “fit for purpose”.
O’Brien, who is one of ten candidates in the Wicklow electoral area, deemed the facility to be inadequate with a lack of basic requirements for commuters, despite people being encouraged to avail of public transport.
“There is no lift in the station for people with disabilities, mothers with young children and, of course, senior citizens. Yet, other stations seem to be well looked after. I hear the toilets are in a disgraceful state and passengers cannot use their leap cards. We are trying to encourage people to use public transport yet these companies don’t provide the basic requirements for people to do so.”
“I was speaking to a senior citizen on the campaign trail during the week and she went on to say how she has had to give up travelling on the train because she can no longer make it up and over the bridge to platform two,” added O’Brien.
The Labour candidate continued to discuss reliability issues with the 133 Bus Eireann service from Wicklow Town to Dublin City and Airport. Passengers of the service have expressed their discontent with the service and its efficiency during the election campaign.
O’Brien stated that the people of Wicklow should no longer be taken for granted and deserve better service for the extortionate prices they have to pay to avail of bus services in the county.
“I have been inundated with complaints from angry passengers claiming the 133 is unreliable and often late. The company does not put on enough buses during rush hour, yet passengers in Wicklow are expected to pay a premium for this service.”
“This is yet another example of how the residents of Wicklow and the nearby towns and villages continue to be taken for granted. We hear all the time about the congestion on the N11, but who can blame people for driving to work given the poor public transport service that is on offer,” said O’Brien.
O’Brien concluded by promising to work to improve public transport services and facilities in Wicklow if he is elected.