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Irish Rail Operating Reduced Service, Call To Cut Taxi Numbers

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

09:17 30 Mar 2020


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Public transport is being reduced from today, with Irish Rail operating a less frequent timetable.

It follows recommendations from the government that it should only be used by essential workers, and those who have to use services.

Irish Rail says revised schedules will ensure it can provide a continued and reliable service to customers, taking account of any possible escalation of COVID-19 or self-isolation amongst employees, and supply chain issues being faced for train maintenance.

Dublin Bus

Meanwhile Dublin Bus says it will cut it's service from Wednesday, operating an enhanced Saturday service instead.

The company says all areas that currently have a Dublin Bus service will continue to have one. Under the revised timetables, services will run at over 80 per cent of current levels.

You can find out more here.

The National Transport Authority says there's been a drop in passenger numbers on public transport of around 80 percent since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Taxis

Separately, a former vice-president of the National Taxi-Drivers Union is urging the government to further reduce the number of taxis on the roads.

Only about 25 per cent of cab drivers are currently working because of the coronavirus crisis.

But Vincent Kearns, who runs a large taxi company in Dublin, says that's still too many;

"Some taxis are carrying out essential services, yet they are putting themselves, their families and their passengers at risk. So I think we should try and keep journeys to a minimum and the number of taxis on the road to a minimum."

He says there have already been two fatalities from covid-19 in the taxi industry, that he is aware of.

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