Labour Party candidate Paul O’Brien has called on Iarnród Éireann to make the station in Wicklow Town fit for purpose.
“I was speaking to a senior citizen on the campaign trail during the week & she went onto say how she has had to give up traveling by train because she can no longer make it up & over onto platform two” O’Brien claimed.
O’Brien went onto say, “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, the toilets I hear 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 even provide the basic requirements to do so”.
Speaking about Bus Éireann O’Brien claimed that he has been inundated with complaints from angry passengers claiming the 133 is not reliable & 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 nearby towns and villages are just being 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
He concluded by saying “If I’m elected on the 24th of May, I will work as hard as I can to ensure the people of Wicklow get the service and facilities they deserve.”