The importance of Ballybrophy railway station was stressed by Laois county councillors this week at a Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick municipal district meeting last Thursday.
This followed a report which questioned the viability of the Ballybrophy to Limerick railway line which is being heavily subsidised by taxpayers.
Chairman Cllr John King described Ballybrophy station as a "must" for an area stretching from Roscrea to Cullohill, serving people working in Dublin, and tourists.
He said the Transport Minister had made no mention of closing the station which, he stated, was visibly congested with 150 cars parked there every working day.
Cllr Brendan Phelan had called for an update on safety measures proposed for Ballybrophy station.
Acting Senior Executive Engineer Brenda Cuddy: "Due to time constraints in relation to access to the rwailway bridge, this project has been moved to the 2017 programme. It has been included in the application to the Dept for funding under the low cost accident schemes for 2017."
Cllr Phelan: "CIE are prepared to do nothing. It is not the Council's fault. There is very little cooperation from CIE."
Engineer Cuddy said the Council just needed permission to close the bridge to carry out the work--a four-way lighting system. Another option would be to re-route the road but, she cautioned, there was no money for that.
Cllr Phelan said CIE's attitude was not "fair or reasonable." He added: "What traffic is there morning and evening with people going to Dublin--it's terrible."
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