Fianna Fáil Senator, Marc MacSharry has called on the Government to intervene amid fears that services on the Sligo to Dublin train route are to be cut.
Senator MacSharry was responding to reports that cuts to the service which serves both stations at Dromod and Carrick-on-Shannon are imminent. He said: “I find it deeply worrying that there seems to be plans to cut the service. This is a critical part of the access infrastructure of the entire region and for many people the rail link is the only viable way to commute to work on a daily basis. Near the main employment hubs serviced by the Sligo line, people are commuting to work on the train route rather than pay more expensive rents in the larger towns and the only option they have is to make the journey on a daily basis.”
Mr MacSharry said he found it perplexing that Irish Rail was given a w36 million cash injection in July to stave off the threat of cuts to services, saying: “yet here we are in August with the same threat hanging over our heads.”
He called on the Minister for Transport to clarify where the investment went and what areas of Irish Rail received the cash injection. “For a Government that presided over the closure of the Sligo-Dublin air link, it seems incredible that they now plan to scale down rail services. The north west access is critical for tourism and business, both indigenous and through foreign direct investment. To set about further dismantling our access medians will undermine our marketability as a location for business.”