BIGGER trains are on the way to relieve congestion on the Waterford to Dublin line. But, as is often the case with rail services, commuters will have a long wait for the extra carriages.
More than 40 new carriages were ordered late last year. The good news is that some have been earmarked for Waterford. The bad news is that it could be almost two years before they are in use.
A spokesperson for Irish Rail said: “Some of these carriages are for the Waterford-Dublin Hueston line and will be coming on stream next year, late 2021.”
Some of these carriages will be coming on stream next year
Social media has been buzzing with stories of severe overcrowding on the Waterford line recently.
In one instance, a problem with carriages caused a six-carriage train to be shortened to four carriages. This led to delays as well as overcrowding. But crowded trains are a regular problem on the line to Hueston.
Carlow senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor described rush-hour conditions on that service as “a calamity”. She said the trains were often “dangerously overcrowded”.
In October Transport Minister Shane Ross announced Government approval for the purchase of 41 additional rail carriages to increase capacity and it has now been confirmed that some of these will eventually serve Waterford.
There has been a 9% increase in the number of passenger journeys taken on public transport in the past 12 months, according to figures from the National Transport. Authority.