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The quiet carriage? Why can’t the whole train just have manners?

I loudly welcome the ‘quiet carriage’
Iarnród Éireann has announced the return of the ‘quiet carriage’ on the Dublin – Cork route saying the quieter option, which was phased out in 2018,  is back.  

Now before anyone from Cork (or Dublin I suppose) decides to take that personally, Iarnród Éireann have said the move is to “improve services for those who may have sensory issues, and will provide more choice for passengers.”

The company says the option will not cost more than tickets on regular carriages, and will be available on trains that are equipped to deliver First Class facilities.

While I in no way mean to downplay the sensory issues experienced by people living with conditions like autism, I do think there is a strong case to be made for making all public transport ‘quiet’. 

While I don’t often take the train, I have noticed some really inconsiderate behavior on public transport of late. 

I suppose some bright spark might leave a comment advising me to ‘get a car’. 

While that is a good idea (although not financially given the rising cost of fuel), I think encouraging thousands of other people to ‘have some manners’ is the way to go. 

I have been left rather dumbfounded by the phenomenon of people playing music out loud on their phones on public transport. 

I assume they know what earbuds and headphones are, but nonetheless I have repeatedly been subjected to the aural torture of latin club music, what I suppose is some form of Bhangra, and the skull infiltrating sound of modern rap. 

There’s a time and place for all that – I like some music that others may find strange and annoying: like the candy pop of Japanese performance artist Kyary Pamyu Pamyu or the upbeat sounds of Korean girl band Momoland 

This music is fantastic for driving thoughts clean out of your head and a great form of escapism, however, the point is: I don’t force other people to listen – unless I know them, and then only gently. 

There are also a considerable number of grown adults who seem to have missed out on why you shouldn’t put your feet on the seating. 

People speaking in raised voices is also something that – in Japan for example – is unacceptable on public transport. 

I have recently been quite unable to hear what my travel companion was saying to me because of groups of people (who might be prone to liking latin music wink wink) talking so loudly I had to strain to hear her. 

There’s just something torturous about being stuck on a bus during rush hour while your fellow passengers conduct seemingly never ending conversations with friends and relatives on speaker phone. 

I’m not suggesting library levels of quietness, but a bit of decency would go a long way, especially in circumstances where people are being encouraged to take public transport more often.  

So there it is. My opinion on why everyone should be reasonably quiet on public transport and show some respect and consideration for other people. 

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