Car parking charges are to be suspended at Sixmilebridge railway station, Clare County Council has announced.
A daily parking fee of €2 has been in place since the railway stop, which is part of Iarnród Éireann’s Western Rail Corridor project, was re-opened on 29 March 2010.
The move takes effect immediately and is aimed at encouraging greater use of the rail service, which operates ten times daily Monday to Saturday and eight times on Sundays.
Welcoming the move, Cllr. Martin Conway, Chair of Clare County Council’s Planning, Land Use and Transportation SPC stated: “The Western Rail Corridor is a project that has been put in place by Government to increase connectivity along the west coast and to provide commuters direct access to their places of work.”
“The move to suspend this parking fee will act as an additional incentive for people to take advantage of this excellent public transport system and represents a further effort to ensure that the massive infrastructural investment by the taxpayer is put to its optimum use”, added Cllr. Conway.
Sixmilebridge railway station originally opened on January 17, 1859, and closed on June 17, 1963. It was re-opened in 2010 under the Transport 21 programme.