The long awaited installation of the second rain shelter at Sallins & Naas train station has finally gone ahead. I have campaigned for this since the station upgrade last year. With the numbers using the Dublin platform daily a single shelter was totally inadequate in any inclement weather.
Following repeated requests and recent media coverage Irish Rail contacted me last week to say they would finally put in place a second rain shelter at Sallins railway station. Before station upgrade we had two, but afterwards we were left with one, it didn’t make sense and people were getting wet daily, thankfully they are now remedying this.
Well, much better late than never and I thank Irish Rail for listening to my arguments and taking action.
There is welcome progress on the Sallins bypass and M7 interchange as it has been confirmed that the next stage of the project is about to commence. The project went to public consultation last May and is now advancing to the next stage of detailed design works.
This is a very important project for Sallins village and also for the infrastructure of the wider area. The village will benefit greatly from having through traffic routed around it and it will also allow other projects to proceed which are currently on hold, pending the bypass. The final route was confirmed last May and we now know that it will not go through any of the residential estates as had been considered in the very early drafts.
The government’s last minute climb down on attempts to limit the new Freedom of Information (FOI) bill it is currently bringing into law has to be welcomed. Having used FOI on local issues myself it is a vital part of democracy.
Fine Gael and Labour had promised to reform Freedom of Information when they entered government. They promised to make government more open by removing fees and making the business of state more transparent. However they actually tried to do the opposite when at the last minute Minister Howlin added a number of amendments to the Bill which would have had the effect of putting FOI requests out of financial reach for most journalists and requesters.
Castlefen Residents have responded to Halloween night’s disturbance saying while they unreservedly condemn the incident, that is not representative and that a lot of work is being done in the estate with and by the residents to improve facilities for all.
We needed the ramps, but after spending all that money where are the rain shelters?
Irish Rail have again announced they will be hiking their fares for 2014. This comes on top of the fortune they spent on a station “upgrade” in Sallins that has left the place almost worse than it was to start with.
This week we have another hike in fares from Irish rail and the National Transport Authority. Annual tickets will go up from the 1st November and all other fares increase on 1st December, just before any Christmas shopping. Hard pressed commuters are faced with the 4th consecutive year of fare increases.