Irish Rail has no plans to increase capacity on this Sunday's morning's train service from Westport to Dublin.

The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Councillor Brendan Mulroy had contacted Irish Rail earlier this week and asked them to provide extra carriages on the Sunday morning train to cater for the Mayo supporters travelling to Croke Park to see the Mayo ladies take on Galway in the All-Ireland senior football championship semi-final.

He made the call, following serious overcrowding on last Sunday's morning train from Westport to Dublin - the day of the All-Ireland hurling final.

In response, Irish Rail said it has no plans at present to increase capacity on the 7.50am Westport to Dublin train this Sunday morning, as in general the demand is low, with almost 200 seats still available.

The company says its sales team is monitoring the situation, and  - if demand increases - a decision will be taken later to provide additional capacity.

In relation to the overcrowding on last Sunday morning's service from Mayo to Dublin, Irish Rail says all available trains were in use on what was a busy morning around the country, with additional trains and carriages for the All-Ireland hurling finals from Tipperary, Kilkenny and Galway.

This - combined with mechanical issues- meant the Westport train operated with four carriages instead of five, as the company did not have any additional capacity available.

They acknowledge that this was uncomfortable for passengers travelling long distances.

Irish Rail says any customers that had pre-booked with them, and did not get a seat, can claim a refund - details are available on their website

In relation to safety concerns, the statement from Irish Rail says its trains are designed to carry both sitting and standing passengers safely - and are certified by the Commission for Rail Regulation to carry standing passengers.

While customers might find this uncomfortable, their safety is not compromised, according to Irish Rail, who say that while they try to ensure as many customers as possible have a seat, sometimes demand can exceed supply.

Irish Rail says it's seeking further investment to increase capacity on Intercity services. Where possible, they recommend passengers book on their website to reserve a seat in advance, but the company also sets capacity aside to allow for customers who buy their ticket from booking offices and ticket vending machines.


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