Toilets at 10 rail stations closed

Iarnród Éireann may feel flushed with success from its latest cost-cutting exercise, but it won’t please people who get caught short at stations where it has closed public toilets.

Toilets at 10 rail stations closed

The company has said to date it has completely closed toilets at 10 stations and at 15 others converted separate male and female toilets into a single unisex facility.

The greater Dublin area has taken the brunt of the closures with toilets axed at Adamstown, Parkwest, Fonthill, Balbriggan, Skerries, Rush & Lusk, and Donabate.

Other stations in the Dublin commuter belt to lose out are Newbridge and Athy in Co Kildare.

If you’re intent on getting the ferry out of Rosslare, Co Wexford you’d want to pray you don’t get caught short as the company has also closed the train station’s toilet block there.

It signalled that it wanted to save around €450,000 a year by cutting the cost of operating toilets.

It said it was costing too much to provide heating and lighting at some of the facilities, especially ones which were used infrequently.

It also said some toilets had been repeatedly targeted by vandals and had been used for other antisocial behaviour.

Another consideration was the cost of water.

Iarnród Éireann also decided to create single unisex facilities at many other stations, thus reducing the cost of having to maintain separate male and female toilet blocks.

These new facilities have been put in place at Enniscorthy and Gorey, Co Wexford; Mhuine Beag, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow; Templemore and Roscrea, Co Tipperary; Ballybrophy, Co Laois; Ballinasloe, Co Galway; Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo; Roscommon and Castlerea, Co Roscommon; Clara, Co Offaly; Hazelhatch, Co Kildare; Faranfore and Rathmore, Co Kerry; and Millstreet, Co Cork.

However, according to an Iarnród Éireann spokeswoman these facilities will only be available to the public when there is somebody working in the booking office at these stations. The company pointed out that all commuter and intercity services have toilets onboard.

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