Written answers

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Rail Services

Photo of Mary Mitchell O'ConnorMary Mitchell O'Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael)
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193. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the progress made towards reducing the overcrowding of DART carriages and resuming normal service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47194/13]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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I refer the Deputy to Minister of State Kelly's reply to the Topical Issue on this matter on Tuesday 22nd October last.  The matter of the reduction of the number of carriages was raised with the Chief Executive of Irish Rail when I met him earlier this week. In some cases, Irish Rail has already responded and re-introduced larger carriages to accommodate passengers and the Chief Executive has agreed that the company will continuously monitor carriage levels to ensure they match passenger demand. It should be noted that carriages were only reduced at off-peak times. Overcrowding which has occurred at peak times was caused by other issues including technical faults, industrial relation and leaf falls.

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