I’m disappointed to see that Irish Rail is to increase daily parking charges at the train station car-parks that it operates. The company announced yesterday that it would raise the daily cash fee for parking from €3 to €4 and the daily pay by text fee from €2 to €3. The new charges will apply from next Monday, 15th July.
This parking charge increase punishes commuters, particularly those who may not use the train on a daily basis, but try and take it a few times a week. At a time when more and more charges are being levied on households, I think it is the wrong move by Irish Rail.
I would also be concerned that the increase in charges will drive commuters to park their cars on roads in estates surrounding train stations. This is already a significant problem around Coolmine and Castleknock train stations, and can cause major inconvenience for residents of these estates.
While I welcome the fact that the price of the weekly ticket has not risen, I still believe that Irish Rail has made a mistake in increasing its daily parking charges in this way.