Irish Rail could be forced to slow down trains to ensure safety amid funding crisis

The cash-strapped semi-state body is close to insolvency

Irish Rail could be forced to slow down trains to ensure the safety of passengers amid a funding crisis - writes dublinlive.

The cash-strapped semi-state body is close to insolvency and say without additional funding safety could be compromised on the transport service.

Chief executive David Franks has said €100 million is needed or else slower trains would be needed for safety reasons.

Mr Franks told the Irish Independent: "We need (an extra) €100 million every year just to invest in the asset base.

"We've made it clear that there will be a deterioration in the quality of service and will end up shutting pieces of railway if we have to."

Irish Rail could be forced to slow down trains to ensure the safety of passengers amid a funding crisis.

The cash-strapped semi-state body is close to insolvency and say without additional funding safety could be compromised on the transport service

Chief executive David Franks has said €100 million is needed or else slower trains would be needed for safety reasons.

Mr Franks told the Irish Independent: "We need (an extra) €100 million every year just to invest in the asset base.

"We've made it clear that there will be a deterioration in the quality of service and will end up shutting pieces of railway if we have to."

"We do have to compete with other public transport modes, but the NTA(national transport agency) determine the level of fares we can charge and do the same with everything else.

"There should be at least a cost of living increase.

"If fares go up by the cost of living at least you get a situation where you have no surprises."

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