Local TD Robert Troy has lashed out at the cost of travelling from Longford to Dublin by rail. Deputy Troy said that after making the relevant enquiries to the Minister for Transport and to CIE, it became apparent to him that fares had increased by 240 percent for those choosing to travel by rail.
“The increase in the cost of travelling from Longford to Dublin will have a huge knock on effect on the already depressed property market in Longford, as the cost of commuting will be simply too high,” Deputy Troy said.
“It is reason such as these that rural towns in Ireland remain isolated and underdeveloped. A perfect example of this type of discrimination is the fact that, while the €10 day return fare promotion to Dublin from Longford is no longer in effect, a €10 online single fare is available from Mullingar to Dublin.
“A €10 online single fare is also available from Dublin to Longford or Mullingar. But a similar fare from Longford to Dublin is not available online.”
He concluded by saying, “The current fare (single) from Longford to Dublin is €24.50 and there is no way this type of price increase could be justified in any type of industry. The only reason this type of market distortion can occur here is due to the CIE monopoly and the effect it has on travel costs”.