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Unread 15-09-2012, 12:19   #1
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Default Nenagh Guardian-Passenger numbers doubled.

Passenger numbers have doubled on the Limerick-Nenagh-Dublin railway line, the Nenagh Rail Partnership said in a statement this week.
In a press release, the partnership says the people of North Tipperary have responded very well to the recent fare reductions and additional services provided by Irish Rail on the line.
Four trains now operate in each direction every weekday – and webfares can cost less than €12. This is well below the fuel cost of a solo car trip, says the partnership.
As a result, most of the services on the Nenagh line have seen more passengers in recent months – and some trains have carried many more.
“Surveys by the Nenagh Rail Partnership (NRP) suggest that overall usage has roughly doubled, with a lot of young people – and many new users of all ages. This is very welcome news – and proves the value of the work the NRP has been doing with Irish Rail,” says the partnership.
Day return fares to Dublin have always been good value (€24.50 from Roscrea, for example). There is no need to prebook: customers can buy tickets at the station – or on the train if the booking office is shut when they board. (Note, however, that when the booking office is open, passengers may incur extra charges if they fail to pay before boarding.) The savings do vary with distance but day return tickets are usually the cheapest option for travel at short notice.
However, the biggest bargain is the new €9.99 'webfare'. These flat-fare tickets are available for travel from any Nenagh line station, by any train, provided that the booking is made on-line at least three days in advance. (Webfares can also be booked at shorter notice but may cost more than paying on the train or at the station.) They are one-way fares (or 'singles'), so for a return journey customers must book a single in each direction.
Webfares do carry an additional booking fee of €3 – but it is applied per booking, not per journey or per person. So a return journey would only cost €22.98 for one adult (€9.99 each way plus €3) – and just €20.98 each for a party of three (since the booking fee would be shared).
A passenger from Roscrea could thus save up to €14 with a webfare, since a single ticket to Dublin bought at the station would cost €24. For longer distances, the savings can be even greater.
Printing a ticket at home will soon be possible for internet bookings. In the meantime, passengers should print off and carry the email confirmation of the booking. This must be exchanged for a ticket, ideally at the departure station, or failing that on the train or at the destination station. The ticket for any return journey must be collected before boarding the return train. It follows that it is safer to collect the ticket on arrival, in case time is short on the way back.
Nenagh line trains call at four stations in Co Tipperary (Roscrea, Cloughjordan, Nenagh and Birdhill) and also at Castleconnell, in Co Limerick. Most eastbound passengers travel to Dublin, others to Portlaoise and other intermediate stops. Westbound, the main destination is Limerick. This is served by four trains on weekdays, two on Saturdays and one on Sundays.
“NRP survey data reveal an impressive number of new users, including many in the 18-30 age bracket. This augurs well for the future,” says the partnership.
I would like to see the user numbers the NTA/Iarnród Éireann have before i would believe this.
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