Senator Fiona O’Loughlin welcomes reduction in public transport fares but says its further highlights the need for a medium hop zone

Fianna Fail Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has welcomed the 20% price cut to Public Transport for all fares as well as an additional 50% cut for students and young people coming into effect this week but has again reiterated her call for a medium hop zone to be implemented.

Senator O’Loughlin said, “Really pleased to see a 20% price cut to Public Transport for all fares as well as an additional 50% cut for students and young people coming into effect this week.

“If we want to encourage more people to utilise public transport , then we need to make it more affordable and more reliable. This is a positive step and will certainly make a noticeable difference to commuters.”

“The new low fares apply to Dublin Bus, Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann, Luas, Go-Ahead Ireland and Local Link services.”

“However, we all know people who are travelling from Newbridge, Kildare and Portarlington to Sallins to access public transport because it’s a short hop zone, making it a third of price that they would pay in their community. Its 6km down the road, it makes absolutely no sense to have such a disparity in price.”

Fiona concluded by saying “So I am pleased to see these changes, the first national fare reduction in 75 years, but we need to go further to meaningfully benefit all commuter and transport users in South Kildare.”

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