Train fares for Wicklow commuters will be slashed as the NTA Fare Strategy is published today.
Journeys from Wicklow to Connolly Station will be reduced by a whopping 43% or €4.45 down to just €6 from €10.45.
This is part of a restructuring of fares that will see a consistent cost per kilometer for the distance between the origin and destination journey.
Green Party Deputy Steven Matthews has also announced that following his discussions with the NTA, Leap tickets will be extended to Wicklow town later this year.
This means that commuters in Wicklow Town will be able to avail of all the money saving benefits of the Leap system.
Deputy Matthews said, “The NTA published their new strategy with the aim of equalising fare costs across the country. This means that a journey of for example 20km will cost the same regardless of where in the country it is. The aim of these changes is to introduce fairness and transparency to the fee structure, and it will be income neutral for the company.
“It’s huge news for commuters in Wicklow Town with the journey from Wicklow to Connolly Station reduced by almost half, now down to just €6 from €10.45. The introduction of the Leap card to Wicklow later this year will provide further savings for those living in Wicklow Town.
“These changes will come into effect later this year. I will continue my work in the meantime to have the DART extended to Wicklow Town. As our county town where rapid growth has been taking place over the last number of years commuters in Wicklow have been crying out for measures to address public transport issues in their district. These measures will give a real boost to those living in or visiting Wicklow Town.”