Western train stations to be downgraded to unmanned status

Passengers will have to book online or obtain tickets from automated machines.

Sligo News File.

Another cut-back in rural services is apparently on the cards as reports indicate that now train stations in Mayo are to be downgraded.

According to accounts, staff are being withdrawn from at least four
stations including Castlebar, Claremorris, Ballyhaunis and Ballina.

It is claimed no staff will be available to process ticket sales or
deal with passenger queries in the targeted stations. Instead, passengers will have to purchase tickets online or at self-service machines in the various staff downgraded locations.

Staff currently employed at the stations are to be relocated to other parts of the country.

The proposed new plans are expected to be implemented with effect
from March.

A Mayo TD is said to be questioning the move which some local interests say would be a significant blow to yet another rural-linked service.

Details of the plans have yet to be confirmed.