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By Chamber Press Office, 27 May 2019
The addition of new train carriages into Dublin's fleet cannot arrive quick enough, according to business group Dublin Chamber.
Reacting to the news that Iarnród Éireann has begun the process of buying 600 new electric/battery-electric powered carriages, the Chamber said the expansion of Ireland's fleet was long overdue and badly needed to help ease chronic capacity issues on our busiest rail lines.
The Chamber said that there is currently a lack of capacity across Dublin's rail network, with commuter and DART trains full at peak times. The situation is only going to get worse without ambitious investment in the fleet, the Chamber warned.
According to Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke: "Dublin's rail network is currently creaking at the seams. The addition of increased capacity and new trains and carriages can't come quick enough. The need for new carriages is particularly pressing given the plans to expand the DART network via the electrification of the Maynooth and Balbriggan lines and also the addition of new stations such as Cabra and Pelletstown. Demand for rail services is only going to increase in the coming years. It is encouraging to see that Iarnród Éireann and the National Transport Authority are looking at greening the fleet also. We're also pleased to see that there are contingency plans in place to order even more than 600 new carriages should the need arise in the future."
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