After reviewing submissions from local election candidate Damien O’Reilly, Irish Rail/Iarnród Éireann has accepted a proposal for free car parking at the Dunboyne village train station, a change that went into effect on 1st April.
Welcoming the news, Damien O’Reilly said, “The decision of Irish Rail to remove charges from the car park at the Dunboyne village train station is a victory for all local train commuters, and it is also a victory for common sense. Public policy decisions should always aim to promote a greater use of public transport as this best serves our local community and a healthier environment.
“Dunboyne is the only area in south Meath served by a train and this service is also popular with commuters from Ratoath, Dunshaughlin and Clonee who use it on a daily basis. Therefore this Irish Rail decision is good news for everyone living in the south of our county,” he said.
Damien O’Reilly continued, “I decided to work for this decision after train-users asked me to highlight the negative consequences of the charges which apply at the Dunboyne train station car park. People told me that the charges are causing unnecessary disruption to family life and frustration for commuters.”
Mr O’Reilly highlighted other benefits which will accrue to local people arising from the Irish Rail acceptance of his proposal, including illegal and nuisance on-street parking in Dunboyne village and in the local housing estates. He also believes that some commuters may now substitute train travel for their private car, reducing peak time traffic congestion on the M3 motorway. The measure also means it will no longer be necessary for rail users to drive the four kilometres to the M3 Parkway to avail of the free car park.
“I encourage all commuters from south Meath to avail of the new user-friendly Dunboyne train station which offers good value. It is also true that the more passengers who use our train service, the greater the possibility of Dunboyne having more trains in the future,” O’Reilly concluded.