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Fare Increase Criticised

1 August, 2003

Newry & Armagh Sinn Féin Representative Conor Murphy has hit out after fares on the Belfast - Dublin Enterprise service will from Monday be increased by 9.5%, three times the rate of inflation.

Mr Murphy said:

"From Monday a basic day return fare on the Enterprise will increase to £23.00.This increase comes at a time when according to the General Consumer Council standards on the route are falling, particularly in relation to punctuality.

"Translink and Irish Rail need to realise that given an improvement in the roads infrastructure south of the border these fare increases risk forcing people off the train and into the car.

"Those operating the Enterprise Service need to focus on improving the existing service rather than seeking five star fares for a three star service." ENDS

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