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Rail User? Have you noticed your annual fare has increased?

I can’t at the moment find the newspaper article I’m sure I read recently where it was said that Irish Rail would not be increasing fares into 2010. (If anyone saw it, and knows where it is, please link below).

However, based on an e-mail I received recently, it looks like Irish Rail will be increasing fares by over 10% in 2010 for some of their customers. Travelling in from Kildare, last year an annual ticket cost €1950, while for 2010 the same ticket will cost €2170 – an increase of 11%

There’s no details on the Irish Rail website about these increases.

Has anyone else noticed these price rise?

Update: Thanks to the ValueIreland reader who sent me in the story I was referring to – it’s here in the Sunday Business Post from November 8th, CIE pledges freeze of bus and train fares.

In what seems like a complete contradiction of what the VI reader above is experiencing, Barry Kenny, Iarnród Eireann spokesperson is quoted as saying the following:

The cost increases are not in the economy at the moment, and there is no need to increase fares for customers.

5 comments On Rail User? Have you noticed your annual fare has increased?

  • The cost of my annual rail ticket has increased by about 10% from last year. I renewed it in September.

  • Colleagues of mine travel to work from various satellite towns like Drogheda and Newbridge. They buy a yearly ticket and yes they’ve told me there has been a significant increase recently.

  • Your mistake there is believing anything that comes out of the mouth of Barry Kenny. I’m sure if challenged he’ll managed to come out with some spin whereby these aren’t actually increases.

  • To clarify this point, in relation to taxsaver tickets, a statutory fares increase approved by the Minister was applied at the beginning of this year from 1st January 2009. Revisions were also introduced to promotional fares.

    However, for administrative reasons, a number of Taxsaver tickets did not increase until 1st March 2009. As a result, customers who renewed annual tickets prior to 1st March 2009 will only now see the 2009 increase taking effect.

    We will not be applying for a 2010 fares increase. As a result, customers affected now by 2009 will similarly see a price freeze at their subsequent renewal.

    The levels of tax relief on taxsaver tickets are now at up to 51%, resulting in higher savings for taxsaver customers.

  • @Iarnrod Eireann – many thanks for clarifying the point for us.

    Diarmuid

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