Join the fight for Balbriggan

Joe O'Brien at Balbriggan Train stationJoin the fight for Balbriggan

Tell Irish Rail if you disagree with the recent reduction of Balbriggan rail services

In January Irish Rail decided to reduce the number of trains serving Balbriggan by two. There was no proper public warning or consultation. I ask you to contact Irish Rail if you are unhappy with this decision and/or the way it was made. The following two services were cut and others rearranged:
09.44 Connolly to Balbriggan (Mon-Fri) 09.40 on Saturdays
10.50 Balbriggan to Connolly (Mon-Sat)
Regardless of the fact that these were not high volume trains I am concerned that this lack of proper consultation and the identification of Balbriggan services by Irish Rail will set a precedent for the future. I have written to Irish Rail to ask them to revert to the previous level of service that Balbriggan was receiving outlining a number of key points:
• The town has grown significantly in population in recent years
• In these harder times people are more dependent on their public transport options
• It will be more difficult to attract jobs and investment to Balbriggan with a weaker public transport infrastructure
• Balbriggan has recently opened a tourist office in the town – these cuts will now make it harder for Balbriggan to attract tourists
• Some people who bought annual tickets may have done so based on the cut services – at the very least they should have their ticket refunded
• The unfairness of a fare increase last year now followed by a poorer service

Complain about the cut in services and lack of consultation to:
Customer Relations
InterCity and Commuter Network
Connolly Station
Dublin 1
Contact 01 703 2601
Fax (01) 703 4369
E-mail: IECustomerRelations.NorthernandEastern@irishrail.ie

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1 thought on “Join the fight for Balbriggan

  1. Joe, it was good to see a political person out so early at Balbriggan Station handing ouy the leaflets about the rail service, but I feel there are a lot more pressing and important issues that the cancellation of a few unviable runs which in fairness, Irish Rail have to address, otherwise we would be critising them for careless spending.The point made about the recent tourist office being affected by these rail reductions is silly talk really. There are enough links to get tourists to the town and I may well ask – to see what? A poor looking harbour which has being promised upgrading and development, a main street with 12 fast food outlets, several shops, pubs and reataurants closed down, business premises closed and boarded up – none of this is an attraction. The hotel was a poor sight over 12 yrs ago with seagulls flying out through the windows and now it is a spectacular looking building, thus I feel your great efforts at presenting the towns benefits should be focussed on the points raised and trying to improve those as attractions – not a few train rides. We have a grand town which needs a bit of TLC. The harbour job, the renovation of the park area around the recently renovated castle, the revamping of derelict buildings in the town, if promoted as a priority, would create local construction jobs, retail jobs, gardening jobs, maintenance jobs etc. This i feel would be a better challenge for you to put your time and effort into. You are doing a good job but we need serious and focussed action on what will be good going forward and not whinging about a few cancelled trains. We have a serious anti social problem in parts of Balbriggan and this should be addressed by trying to get a stronger police presence and trying to build a community. We have done fine work with new schools, shopping centres etc – lets keep positive and drive the town to become a better place with welcoming views, shopping and fewer take away outlets. Our main street is ridiculous with yet another new chipper opened recently. One thing for sure – we wont starve – but then where we get the money with no local jobs. A lot has been done, but a lot lot more to do. Keep up the good work though. You’re a better Green man than our last, and thats for sure.

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