Thursday 22 August 2019

Packed trains keep county 'on the road'

IT WAS up to the rail service to keep the country 'on the road' over the past week. With even Bus Éireann services restricted to a minimum, Iarnród Éireann workers in Wexford's Hanrahan Station were 'never so busy', as people opted to use rail links instead of treacherous icecovered roads.

'What is good news for Iarnród Éireann is bad news for others,' said one Wexford rail worker, who said that staff last Wednesday welcomed the last Dublin to Wexford train at 12.30 a.m. on Thursday morning. The train, which usually lands shortly after 9 p.m. was delayed as snowfalls in Wicklow brought it to a snail's pace in places.

On Thursday morning the station was 'packed', and all seats were full as the train left – an unusual occurrence.

Trains returning to Wexford midweek last week were subject to delays. 'One of the trains on Wednesday that usually gets in at 7.05 p.m. didn't get in until 8.15 p.m.,' a worker said.

'We have been very busy. A lot busier than usual,' he said, adding that workers also had the chilly, but vital task of ensuring that points were kept ice-free for safety purposes.

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