Rushbrooke - quickly becoming the most popular station in Ireland!
Traditionally the majority of Cobh commuters took the train from Cobh with only a handful (10/12) getting on at Rushbrooke on each of the main morning services (7.30, 8.00, 8.30, 9.00).
In recent months all this has changed with 60+ passengers waiting to board at Rushbrooke for each train.
Cobh has a ticket office - Rushbrooke has neither a ticket office or TVM
Get on at Cobh without a ticket and encounter a RPU staff member and its a €100 fine
Do the same at Rushbrooke and pay the regular fare if you run into the RPU
Everyone in Cobh knows this (and know that the RPU will be encountered every second or third journey) and are travelling from Rushbrooke - the geography of the two stations makes Rushbrooke as proximate as Cobh for a lot of commuters
IR are losing thousands in revenue every week!
If this was the UK, they'd randomly park someone there every few days/weeks with a portable ticket machine.
All Cobh line stations are to receive TVM's, though I guess Fota is low on the list
any idea of a timeline for their roll out ?
Rushbrooke needs one urgently as well as Cobh (office shuts at 2.30, and is overrun by cruise passengers in the summer)
Fota must have the lowest level of passengers commencing a journey of any station in Ireland
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