Plans To Expand The DART Service In Dublin Have Been Shelved
The plans to introduce more frequent DART services have been postponed, with Irish Rail citing 'union intransigence' as the main cause.
RTÉ News report the company had planned to introduce a 10-minute service from April 10th but unions representing the drivers had threatened strike action.
Irish Rail states that the National Bus and Rail Union walked out of Workplace Relations Commission discussions regarding the issue.
"In doing so, the trade unions have used the requirements of our customers as a bargaining chip in pursuit of completely separate issues, citing productivity despite the company training additional drivers to deliver the service; and seeking pay increases of up to 25%".
Barry Kenny, spokesperson for Irish Rail said that train sizes will be increased on a range of peak DART services to address the increase in passengers availing of the service.