Graphic courtesy of Kildare Garda Division
Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare-North James Lawless has welcomed the decision by the National Transport Authority (NTA) to offer commuters an extension to their annual tickets or a refund should they wish.
Deputy Lawless, who first raised the matter with the NTA over a month ago said it was only fair that hard-pressed commuters were given a break on what are already expensive tickets.
“Many commuters across the country avail of the annual TaxSaver ticket. Seven weeks ago, when the announcement that schools were to close and anyone who could work from home should, the drop off in commuting was immediate.
“Even now the number of people who can be accommodated on trains and busses across the country is severely curtailed as a result of strict social distancing guidelines. I made these points in repeated dialogue with the Director of Transport in the NTA, as late as yesterday before their decisions was arrived at.
“In my correspondence with authority they also confirmed funding for the carpark at Sallins-Naas train station has been set aside and it is their aim is to have the facility operational by the autumn.
He said the announcement was very welcome. “Social distancing will be with us for some time and there will be a lot of people working from home for the foreseeable future. It’s only right that they can get refunded for the period of time where they are not travelling or have their ticket extended past its expiration,” he concluded.