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Wednesday, 10th April 2019

Councillor calls for ‘Short Hop Zone’ to be extended to Drogheda

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Councillor Stephen McKee with Barry Kenny of Irish Rail.

McKee demands fairer rail fares for commuters

He's by no means the first to demand equity of pricing for rail fares but East Meath Councillor, Stephen McKee (FF), has joined calls for Irish Rail to put a fair and equitable pricing system in place for rail commuters travelling from Drogheda, Laytown and Gormanston.

McKee recently met with Barry Kenny of Irish Rail and outlined his concerns on Irish Rail fares from Drogheda and East Meath and called on Irish Rail to review their fares from Drogheda and East Meath to Dublin.

At the end of 2017, the National Transport Authority re-drew the boundaries of the commuter rail zone in the Greater Dublin Region known as the ‘Short Hop Zone’ to include Naas, Sallins and Kilcock’ and as a result, passengers from these towns are now paying lower fares.

Intercity fares, however, which include those from Drogheda, Laytown and Gormanston, are much higher and do not offer the same value for money as the ‘Short Hop Zone’ fares for journeys of similar distances.

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“As the County with the highest proportion of people leaving it daily to go to work and with the roads getting much busier with traffic, we need to incentivise and encourage people to use public transport but the reality is that rail travel is very expensive” McKee said.

“Irish Rail should also allow local commuters to use Leap Cards and avail of savings as Bus Eireann and Matthews Coaches allow.

“The rail fare situation is neither equitable nor fair to Meath commuters and this has to change” he said, adding that this issue is very much to the fore of his election campaign.

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