Imelda Munster TD calls for reduction in Laytown train fares following NTA meeting
Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has called on the National Transport Authority (NTA) to prioritise commuters from Laytown in its fare review, which is due to take place in the coming weeks.
Speaking after a meeting in Leinster House with NTA representatives, Deputy Munster expressed concern about the unfair position for commuters in Laytown who must pay an additional €83 a month to commute to Dublin when compared with those travelling from nearby Balbriggan.
Deputy Munster said:
“The Short Hop Zone should be extended to include Laytown. The expanding village has a large commuter population and it is totally unfair that their journey is so expensive.
“The government and the NTA tell us that they are in favour of increased use of public transport. This makes sense, as it reduces congestion on the M1 and in Dublin City, and helps reduce traffic emissions.
“However in practice the NTA and the Minister are not promoting their own policies.
“They seem to have a myopic mind-set in relation to extending the Short Hop Zone, despite the fact that reducing fares in commuter towns will increase use of public transport, reducing congestion and traffic pollution.
“The NTA made it clear that they have no immediate plans to change anything in a substantial way.
“I have asked that they prioritise the reduction of fares for commuters in Laytown, given the extortionate prices charged.
“The NTA have claimed that fares were reduced by 5% for Laytown commuters, however this only applies to adult day tickets.
“Most commuters use monthly tickets which have not been reduced. The NTA gave me a commitment that this will be examined in the review once the budget is finalised in October.
“I will be reverting to them on this matter at that stage. This must be prioritised.”