PASSENGER DEMAND for Dart services is being met, IarnrÃ³d Ã‰ireann has insisted after Fine Gael criticised the new timetable, claiming it had resulted in a reduction in peak-time services.
DÃºn Laoghaire-based Fine Gael Senator Eugene Regan said the changes, introduced on Monday, meant a 33 per cent reduction in rush-hour services, based on figures from Rail Users Ireland.
An IarnrÃ³d Ã‰ireann spokesman said however that overall the number of Dart journeys a day had been reduced only slightly from 163 to 156 journeys, and that while â€œsome trains are busier, we are meeting passenger demandâ€.
He added that â€œwhen a new schedule comes in, changing an established pattern of travel, it can take a few days to adaptâ€. The company was monitoring the situation.
Mr Regan said however that peak-hour services were in effect being reduced. The rail company had announced a new 15-minute interval service to be introduced across the full day with additional services at peak-times to match demand.
MARIE O'HALLORAN http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/1205/12242601454 etc ...