Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council Cllr Brendan Mulroy. has described as ‘chaos’ the overcrowding scenes on this morning’s Westport to Dublin train.
The Westport councillor said passengers had booked seats on a carriage that hadn’t been provided
“It was absolute chaos. There were only four coaches on when there were supposed to five. People were getting on and walking to the back of the train looking for their carriage but there was none there. There were more than 500 people on that train. People had booked seats for a carriage that wasn’t there,” said Cllr Mulroy.
He said by Athlone there was not even standing room available as scores of passengers forced to stand and pack the aisles.
“It was absolutely hectic and very, very dangerous. It was the worst scene I have witnessed on a train in my lifetime. I have been inundated with people telling me that this overcrowding, while not as dramatic as today, is a regular occurrence on this route. We are trying to encourage people to visit the west of Ireland but any tourist who was on that service this morning would be thinking twice about coming back,” said the Cathaoirleach.
Cllr Mulroy will request Mayo County Council to call a meeting with Irish Rail officials to discuss the issue. “I’m going to organise a meeting with Irish Rail as a matter of urgency,” he stated.