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- Double-decker Trains on Northern Line?

26 March 2008


Minister Sargent asks Iarnród Éireann to consider double decker trains on Northern line


Regular rail commuters and local Minister Trevor Sargent T.D, is continuing to press for improvements and additional capacity on the Northern Line.


“The growth of population in the towns along the line will require far greater capacity on the trains than is available at present. Accordingly, I have asked Mr. Richard Fearn, the CEO of Iarnród Éireann to plan for this huge growth in demand considering all options including double decker trains” said Minister Trevor Sargent.


In response Mr. Fearn said “ A number of European rail operators do use double decker carriages and obviously more people can be seated in a double decker carriage than a single decker one. However, the number of seats is not twice that of a single decker carriage because of the space taken up by stairways. Also, very little vestibule standing space is available which limits overall peak period carrying capacity. Users of double decker carriages also find that station dwell times for joining and alighting tend to be longer due to the time taken for people to come down from the upper floor. This is less of an issue however for limited stop longer distance commuter services.


To summarise, in preparing our submissions for further commuter rolling stock as part of Transport 21 investment plan, we intend to review the rolling stock supply market very thoroughly, and to consider carefully the advantages and disadvantages of double deck railcars.”


In conclusion, Minister Sargent said “I will be continuing the ongoing communication with Iarnród Éireann and all public transport providers to increase capacity for passengers. However, I am also working in government to encourage and attract new employment and enterprise to Fingal towns so as to avoid adding to commuting pressure.


- Soccer Academy Location – Call for debate

9 March 2008


Fingal Green Party would welcome debate on site selection for proposed soccer academy


Green Party members in Dublin North have met to discuss the issues needing to be resolved before the Soccer Academy can be built in an alternative location. 


Minister for Food and Horticulture Trevor Sargent with Fingal Green Councillors Joe Corr, Robert Kelly and David Healy would welcome a debate on site selection for the proposed Soccer Academy.


There are a number of objections from various groups as to siting the Academy near the Wildlife Reserve at the Rogerstown Estuary. However none of the opposition groups involved are opposed to the Soccer Academy being built as it is an important future  Community Amenity.


What is being proposed is that it should not be built close to an area which is already designated as a SPA (Special Protected Area) and an SAC (Special Area of Conservation).


Minister Sargent is hopeful that an accommodation can be reached between the various groups and Fingal County Council.  He has had a number of meetings with the County Manager to identify a good alternative site.

- Sargent pushes for Metro North connection with Dublin-Belfast line

23 November 2007



Local T.D. and Minister for Food and Horticulture, Trevor Sargent, is continuing to work in government on extending the Metro North route beyond Lissenhall and meeting up, ideally in Donabate, with the Dublin/Belfast line. In a recent letter to Noel Dempsey, T.D., the Minister for Transport and Marine, Minister Sargent stated 

“I am glad to see the Rail Procurement Agency is organising a number of Swords Awareness Evenings to announce developments on Metro North. I am aware that residents of Swords as well as Donabate as well as other communities requiring connectivity would wish that the line of Metro North would connect between Lissenhall and the northern Dublin/Belfast line, most likely at Donabate. I discussed this matter with your predecessor, Minister Martin Cullen, who, in principle, thought it was a good idea.” 


Minister Sargent asked Minister Dempsey if any further developments have taken place to suggest that the connection between Metro North and the Dublin/Belfast rail line has progressed any further.






- Sargent welcomes plans to allow bicycles to be carried on regional train services

12 November 2007

Minister for Food and Horticulture, Trevor Sargent, T.D., a keen rail passenger and cyclist, has welcomed the outcome of representations he has made to Iarnród Éireann for bicycles to be permitted on all Intercity and regional services. However he also called on Irish Rail to allow more bicycles to be carried on their trains.

In response the Chief Executive of Iarnród Éireann has stated “First of all I can confirm that it is our intention to permit cycles to be carried on all of our Intercity and regional services in the future and the new rolling stock fleet will facilitate that. Accommodation will be available for two cycles in each 3-car unit, and therefore with many services operated by 6 car formations, up to four cycles could be accommodated on some trains.The routes on which these trains will operate will include the Kerry line, the Mayo line and the Sligo line.”

“It is still disappointing that the DART and commuter services will not be in a position to carry fixed frame bicycles, however, fold up bicycles are still permitted on DART and commuter services. Meanwhile, I will continue to lobby for greater capacity on DART and commuter services with a view to accommodating more people and also providing the option of bicycles to be carried as well as seeking greater capacity and more secure bicycle parking facilities at train stations” concluded Minister Sargent.


- Sargent congratulates Fingal towns on Tidy Towns awards

10 September 2007


Dublin North TD and Minister of State Trevor Sargent today congratulated all those involved in Tidy Towns committees across Fingal. Minister for the Environment and Green Party Leader John Gormley TD today presented awards to winning towns.


Minister Sargent said, “This was another good year for Fingal, with Skerries bringing home three prizes: the Dublin Regional Award, the Fingal Award and the Best Dublin Bring Bank. Malahide, meanwhile, won the Gold Medal in its category and was Highly Commended in the Fingal competition and Howth was Commended in the same competition. My home town of Balbriggan won the Fingal Endeavour Award, improving by 9.34% from 2006 and its town centre won the Dublin Landscaping Award. Congratulations also to St Patrick’s Boys National School in Donabate, which won the Dublin Schools Award.”


“‘Well done’ to the individuals and committees involved in this effort which brings pride to our communities.”


Note: The full results of the Tidy Towns competition are available here.



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