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Unread 13-02-2008, 16:07   #1
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Default What Irish Rail have to say about the fares

Dick Fearn CEO IE has just taken the hot seat at the joint Oireachtas committee on transport

Watching it live, but no audio!!!

It looks like Paul O'Kelly from the passenger commerical office has been dragged in as well, he was/is in charge of the seat res online sales etc

Full text in 48 hours or so

Edit: Looks like a serious grilling, Fregus O'Dowd is firing question after question and he has done his homework

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Unread 13-02-2008, 17:33   #2
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Believe it or not that meeting has only ended in the last few minutes

Close on 90 minutes
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Unread 13-02-2008, 17:42   #3
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Transcript will be up in 1-3 days. It's slower for committees than for the Houses.
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Unread 15-02-2008, 18:00   #4
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It's up now: http://debates.oireachtas.ie/DDebate...xml&Node=H3#H3
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Had a good read of it and personally I accept Fearns response concerning the fare discrepencies such as those that exist on the northern and Kildare lines. I have said it here before that the fare structure is based on the old CIE zonal system. Short hop, medium hop etc. This structure was based very simply on where the greatest demand came from and that was within the current boundary. However due to some disasterous planning over the years, demand has increased outside the traditional boundary and IE are justified in maintaining the fare structure to pay the costs of running the business. What business wouldn't do that? I find it sadly ironic that its politicians having a go at IE for this when it was politicians who blindly played god with development land and put us in the horrendous position in the first place.The Government and IE have a decision to make. Restructure the fares and balance the books some other way or increase subvention. It really is as simple as that.

I understand the stupidity of some fares such as the Maynooth - Drogheda and some intercity student fares. But realistically passengers have a problem with the huge jump in ticket prices from stop to stop. The other issues are way down the order of merit in the bigger scheme of things. The campaign should be directed at the Government.

For me the saddest part of Fearn's presentation was the fact that RUI weren't mentioned in relation to user groups. Groups with smaller resources and no media profile were. My feelings on this are well documented. My vision for RUI was to get its name out there on the ground in an organised capacity. I pushed through the name change. T Stamp put a trojan amount of work into a newsletter concept. Sadly some of my colleagues were happy to play "Walter Mitty" behind the keyboard instead of making it work in the real world. I'm not being bitter or attempting to do dirty washing in public, but loyal members deserve to know more about what goes on behind the scenes here. Fearns comments should be a disappointment to you all.
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Unread 16-02-2008, 10:56   #6
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You guys need to make contact with every member of the joint committee and ensure that they know exactly who you are.

Also, if you could highlight rail issues in their constituencies in the contact letter/email you'll DEFINITELY get taken more seriously.
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Unread 16-02-2008, 11:08   #7
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They know who we are, many of the points we have raised in recent months where discussed before the committee

We are in contact with numerous people in the background. It is not professional to discuss the details of such in public. There are certain people we want to sit down with in coming weeks to discuss certain matters

We are still in the process of dissecting the fares, we have had 762 hits (that doesn't include webcrawlers) in 5 days on the fare calculator page http://www.railusers.ie/passenger_info/fare_calc.php If you think the inconsistencies raised at the committee are bad you ain't seen nothing yet. Its easy explain away discounts its not easy explain away when Irish Rail are overcharging against there own list
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You guys need to make contact with every member of the joint committee and ensure that they know exactly who you are.

Also, if you could highlight rail issues in their constituencies in the contact letter/email you'll DEFINITELY get taken more seriously.
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IE fares are messed up someone's gonna say it..
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