Reports of overcrowding reach boiling point on Dublin to Rosslare train

There have been daily reports of immense overcrowding on the Dublin to Rosslare commuter train, with many people, including the elderly, often being left to stand for long durations.

The issue of overcrowding on the Dublin to Rosslare commuter train has reached new problematic heights in recent weeks with daily complaints and reports from disgruntled passengers who have been left standing for the duration of their journeys, some all the way from Dublin to Rosslare.

This news comes only a few short weeks after campaigners called for increased rail services to Wicklow and beyond in order to tackle the issue, with the capacity of the trains as well as their frequency being blamed for the increasing discomfort of passengers who are left to stand in the spaces between carriages.

One daily passenger told us “It’s just not sustainable anymore, I do dread the daily commute now knowing that I’ll probably be standing the whole way. And you do see old women holding on to the bars and all that. It’s just not sustainable.”

Local councillors Pat Fitzgerald and Peir Leonard brought the issue to the attention of Arklow Municipal District and have suggested that they write to Irish Rail in order to improve conditions aboard the trains.

Cllr. Fitzgerald said at the meeting that one report he’d received stated that there were at least 25 standing on the train all the way from Dublin to Arklow. He referred to the situation as ‘disgusting’ that passengers are paying money but can not secure seats on the trains, with elderly people being left to stand.

Despite all of this, there are no current plans to increase the frequency of these services.

District Manager Leonora Earls assured the two councillors that they are “using every avenue we can to raise the issue”, stating that they have already had a meeting with Jim Meade, Chief Executive of Irish Rail, and have raised the issue, especially in relation to its impace on Wicklow customers.

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