"THOUSANDS of commuters will have to fork out up to €500 a year more just to get to work from September.
Commuters and shoppers will be left counting the cost after CIE confirmed controversial plans for new 'park and ride' charges at dozens of railway stations.
The semi-state company has signed a contract with a private parking control and clamping company to introduce 'pay and display' parking at 37 stations on the greater Dublin commuter network, the Irish Independent can reveal.
Commuters from as far away as Longford and Gorey will be hit with parking charges of €2 a day, where previously they could park for free.
Opposition TDs and transport lobby groups last night branded the new charges as "unacceptable".
Right? Are we following this> The government, bless 'em want us to use public transport, better for de environment, right? Better for de green house gasses, get us out of our cars and blah blah chee de rah... But NOW oh yes NOW they're going to charge you to park your bloody car WHILE you use Public transport.
The toll goes up on the M50 next week. We'll complain, but we'll pay. Same as my car tax, I'll whinge and I'll bitch about it here, but I'll pay.
How long before the price goes up do we think?
Our government hates us, but we let them abuse us