WHERE DOES THE ENTERPRISE GO FROM HERE?
As the Belfast to Dublin Enterprise train service enters its second decade, it faces intense competition from cheaper and frequent buses on a first class road. With passenger numbers standing still on the Enterprise last year (1), we need a clear vision for the service if it is to successfully compete for passengers.
Eddie Lynch, Head of Consumer Affairs at the Consumer Council said:
“The Enterprise is hailed as a flagship service and is still a popular way to travel. However, if it is to continue to be a real contender on this route, it needs direction and resources to make it happen.
“We strongly support The Northern Ireland Executive’s Programme clear commitment to developing public transport as a more sustainable way to travel and ease congestion on the roads. Newer trains and more frequent services have resulted in millions of extra local journeys on buses and trains. Increasing fares could price Enterprise passengers off the train and into their cars and there is a real chance that the Enterprise could be left behind. We recognise that Translink is paying more to run the Enterprise service, but the answer is not to make existing passengers pick up the tab through higher fares.
“Translink has been running special deals on the Enterprise recently which have proved popular and we urge them to make them long term. 2008 should be the year to build on the growth in public transport use; it should not herald the start of rising fares and an exodus to the private car.”
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Year Passenger Journeys 2002/03 1,156,006 2003/04 1,025,431 2004/05 836,000 2005/06 819,000 2006/07 819,000