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Monday, 9th July 2018

TD calls for rail Short Hop Zone to be extended to Laytown

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Laytown Station - just 10K down the tracks from Balbriggan but €83 more expensive for a monthly ticket from Dublin.

A monthly rail ticket to Dublin from Laytown costs €237. From Balbriggan, just 10 Km down the tracks, the ticket is just €154.

It has been a bone of contention with commuters and local politicians from East Meath for many years and now the Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath, Imelda Munster, has taken up the cause by calling for the commuter rail Short Hop Zone to be extended to Laytown.

Deputy Munster said the boundaries between intercity and commuter areas on the Dublin/Belfast railway network urgently need to be reviewed.

“The population of the area served by Laytown train station has almost doubled since 2002 and many of those people commute in and out of Dublin to work every day on trains that are packed to the hilt at rush hour" she said.

“The current boundary of 35km may have been viable sixteen years ago however with the massive movement of people from Dublin to surrounding villages, Laytown, Bettystown, Mornington and Donacarney, this now needs to be taken into account.

“The National Transport Authority’s (NTA) constant reiteration that the boundary must end somewhere and that they have no intention of increasing it beyond the 35 kilometre mark must be challenged to reflect today’s reality and the needs of hard-pressed commuters who are being charged exorbitant cost to travel to work.”

“I have raised it once again with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Shane Ross) and the NTA and will pursue this issue until the unfair anomaly is addressed” she vowed.

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