STATEMENT BY MINISTER ALAN KELLY
MINISTER FOR PUBLIC & COMMUTER TRANSPORT
- Investment will bring Wifi to 63 new trains, line speed improvements & fuel savings
Public Transport Minister, Alan Kelly, has announced a €6 million investment programme for Irish Rail. The funding will go to line speed improvements, further rollout of wifi on the train service and important fuel saving technology to reduce costs.
The funding is coming from reallocated capital within the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and is being spent on works that will be completed by year end.
“It is vital that our limited funds are spent well and give value to the exchequer. If we want to offer people a proper level of public transport this will require investment. This funding will greatly enhance both the customer service Irish Rail offers as well as equipping them with the ability to reduce costs in the future. It’s a win-win,” stated Minister Kelly.
Under the initiative, an additional €1million will be spent on improving journey times between Portalington and Dublin, €1million on ticket validating machines and €300K for the additional roll-out of wifi on 63 rail cars and €600,000 for order point heaters to ensure depots are not unduly affected by a harsh winter.
“It is vitally important that public transport remains a strong option for those who commute. This Government is committed to improving the public transport system and the consumer experience. It is vital that every penny is stretched to the maximum benefit of the users of public transport,” concluded Minister Kelly.
Further information contact Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport on 01-604 1090 or 01-604-1091
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