Securing Significant Savings for Train Commuters in Kilcock, Sallins and Naas

Cllr. Carmel Kelly and I at Sallins Train Station Recently.

Cllr. Carmel Kelly and I at Sallins Train Station Recently.

I am delighted that Sallins, Naas and Kilcock train stations will be moved into the ‘short hop zone’ and fares will be reduced by up to 50% following a series of meetings I held with the National Transport Authority (NTA) on the matter.

After a prolonged engagement with the NTA, including meetings in Leinster House, and sustained lobbying with both them and Irish Rail, on the disparity of train fares for commuters in Kilcock, Naas, and Sallins they now have revised the zoning model and are making significant changes for the betterment of commuters in these areas. Continue Reading →

Publication of Draft Phoenix Park Tunnel Rail Service Timetable

Deputy Lawless with commuters at Hazelhatch station.

Deputy Lawless with commuters at Hazelhatch station.

A publication of a draft timetable for rail services which will benefit Hazelhatch commuters in the coming months has gone live. The timetable is now open for public consultation and will close on 19th September.

This is a service I have campaigned for, for many years. Recently I had meetings with the NTA and this was a matter which was brought up. I have also been in constant contact with Irish Rail on this issue. Continue Reading →

Meeting held with National Transport Authority and Dublin Bus

Pictured with Dublin Bus CEO Ray Coyne

Pictured with Dublin Bus CEO Ray Coyne

I was delighted to hold meetings with both the National Transport Authority and Dublin Bus to lobby for better and more cost effecient services for Kildare commuters. The meetings which took place in Leinster House addressed ticket costs, frequency of services, and forward planning as the county grows and more demand is placed on transport routes. Continue Reading →

Progress For North Kildare Train Services

Hazelhatch CanvassI recently met with Irish Rail to raise concerns regarding the rail services in North Kildare. In what was a positive meeting I discussed the main issues that commuters who use the train services daily, including myself, have found need improving. Irish Rail were receptive to these opinions and a number of improvements and reviews were agreed at the meeting.

  • A new timetable is due for publication in early 2016. This new timetable will address the evening gap in both Hazelhatch and Sallins train stations. A draft version of the timetable will be made available and commuters will have the opportunity to have their say.
  • Irish Rail agreed to review the 23.10 last train time.
  • The issue of lack of awareness of the shuttle bus from Celbridge to Hazelhatch station was brought up. Irish Rail made the point that the shuttle timetable is on their website and has been running this facility for a long time.

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Sallins & Naas Train Station Updates

James_Train_Station_v2-2As spokesperson for the Sallins & Naas train lobby group NASRUG, I meet regularly with Irish Rail to review performance of the commuter services and discuss any issues affecting the Kildare railway line. I most recently met with Irish rail on the Monday 1st December and discussed a range of issues as follows:

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