The latest increase in anti-social behaviour on trains shows that many people are fearful of using public transport, and prefer to commute from regions such as the North West to larger cities.
Irish Rail has reported a sharp rise in the level of anti-social behaviour on its services for the latest three-month period as concerns mount over crime in Ireland.
The number of reportable incidents – which included aggressive behaviour, assault, attacks on staff, fighting and passenger disturbance – was recorded at 272 in the second quarter of this year.
Independent Councillor Michael Clarke has been campaigning for road upgrades on the N17 and N59 in this region. He says many people feel unsafe traveling on trains and as a result, investment in road infrastructure is needed.