No changes are to be implemented on the Tullamore to Dublin train service in 2013. That's according to Fine Gael TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, who said this week Irish Rail corporate communications manager Barry Kenny has reassured her that "no changes will take place in the current schedule".
The travel provider is currently looking at draft proposals for train services to be offered next year. Deputy Corcoran Kennedy said she contacted Irish Rail about the matter in response to queries from a number of concerned constituents and persistent rumours train services on the route were to be scaled back.
"As a very regular train user myself, I am well aware of the importance of this vital transport link between Tullamore and Dublin, both for business and leisure travellers alike," Deputy Corcoran Kennedy said. She added it is also vital that good transport links exist between the Midland Gateway towns and Dublin.
While she pointed out that Mr Kenny said it was "unlikely" train services would be increased on the Tullamore to Dublin route, she added that he insisted it was the policy of Irish Rail to "maintain services, in so far as this is possible".
Deputy Corcoran Kennedy said she's delighted with the good news, and has urged constituents to consider using the train service more frequently rather than opting to drive to Dublin. "The Irish Rail service is fast, efficient, reliable and comfortable," she said.