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New Rail Timetable for 2013

15 January 2013

New Rail Timetable for 2013

New Rail Timetable to come into effect from 20th January next

 

Following public consultation with our customers and approval by the NTA Our new rail schedule is now available  to book online and downloadable printed timetables are now available to view 

 

While customers should check all times on all routes, major changes in the new schedule include:

-       Journey time improvements: faster journey times on all Intercity routes to and from Heuston averaging 10-15 minutes, but by up to 25 minutes in some cases. 

-       Additional trains: additional services will be provided  for a number of routes and stations, including Dublin/Galway, Dublin/Westport, and a major increase in frequency for commuters between Dublin and Monasterevin, Portarlington and Portlaoise 

-       Service withdrawals: while the vast majority of services are protected, some will be withdrawn due to low demand.  These include: 

  • one train each way on Dublin/Waterford
  • one service from Limerick via Nenagh to Dublin
  • one Ballybrophy to Limerick via Nenagh service each way
  • one Limerick to Galway train each way
  • one Limerick Junction to Waterford service each way
  • an afternoon Dublin to Limerick service;
  • one Dublin to Sligo service each way, as well as an evening Longford to Dublin service
  • a small number of off-peak commuter services

-       Improved connections: there will be improved connections between Galway and Cork/Kerry with the extension of some Galway to Limerick trains to Limerick Junction

-       Departure time changes: while all departure times should be checked, major changes include the change to most departure times from Cork to Dublin to 20 past the hour, and a number of changes on Galway and Westport routes

Route by route details of major changes are as follows – these are major changes, but all customers are advised to check times before the new timetable takes effect:

Dublin-Galway

Major changes on this route include:

-       Journey time improvements to most Dublin-Galway services of between 5 and 25 minutes.  Thirteen of eighteen services will operate with journey times of between 2 hours 10 minutes and 2 hours 20 minutes.

-       Extra service in each direction to increase weekday frequency from eight to nine each way. Extra trains will operate 18.30hrs Heuston to Galway and 19.15hrs Galway to Heuston

-       Changes in departure times. A number of significant departure time changes are being proposed, and customers are advised to check all times as part of the public consultation process

 

Dublin-Westport/Ballina

Major changes on this route include:

-       Journey time improvements to all Dublin-Westport services of between 5 and 20 minutes.

-       One new service (09.45 Westport-Dublin: connection from Ballina at 09.35) brings frequency from Westport to Dublin from four to five daily

-       Departure time changes, which together with the additional service will give greater flexibility to customers, particularly tourists

 

Dublin-Cork

Major changes on this route include:

-       Journey time improvements to most Dublin-Cork services of between 5 and 20 minutes. 

-       This will mean a total of 21 out of 28 services on the route daily will be delivered in 2 hours 30 mins to 2 hours 35 mins, with all services 2 hours 45 mins or less. 

-       05.05 Cork to Dublin will no longer operate, the current 06:15 service will be brought forward to 06:00 arriving in Heuston at 08:30.

-       An additional service will operate from Cork to Dublin at 19.20

-       Most services from Cork to Dublin will depart at 20 minutes past the hour instead of 30 minutes past the hour.  The exception to this will be departures from Cork at 06.00, 07.00 and 08.00.  This is to facilitate the improved journey times, and ensure connections from Kerry and Limerick can continue to be efficient.

 

Dublin-Tralee

Major changes on this route include:

-       Journey time improvements to most Dublin-Tralee services of between 8 and 15 minutes.

-       The 05.15 Tralee to Cork will now depart at 04.55 on Mondays, and 05.55 on Tuesdays to Fridays

-       Additional direct service from Tralee to Dublin on Sunday at 11.50

 

Dublin-Limerick

Major changes on this route include:

-       Journey time improvements to most Dublin-Limerick services of up to 17 minutes, with a best journey time of 1 hour 59 minutes.

-       13.40 Dublin to Limerick will no longer operate, but Limerick/Dublin services (including connections at Limerick Junction) will remain the most frequent Intercity service with 16 services each way daily

 

Dublin-Waterford

Major changes on this route include:

-       Journey time improvements to all Dublin-Waterford services of between 5 and 18 minutes. Journey times will range from 1 hour 50 minutes to 2 hours 20 minutes, depending on number of stops.

-       09.10 Dublin to Waterford and 16.50 Waterford to Dublin will no longer operate, Dublin/Waterford route will operate with seven trains each way daily

 

 

Heuston-Kildare-Portlaoise

Major changes on this route include:

-       Portlaoise commuter service: commuters from Portlaoise, Portarlington and Monasterevin will see a major increase in frequency of services as a number of Dublin/Kildare services are extended to operate Dublin/Portlaoise. These are:

  • Portlaoise: currently 18 trains each way daily, will increase to 28 trains Dublin to Portlaoise, 30 trains Portlaoise to Dublin
  • Portarlington: currently 19 trains from Dublin, 23 trains to Dublin; will increase to 30 trains from Dublin, 33 trains to Dublin
  • Monasterevin: currently 10 trains from Dublin, 5 trains to Dublin, will increase to 18 each way

-       Minor changes to off-peak schedules to a number of other stations

 

Cork commuter lines (Mallow, Cobh, Midleton)

Major changes on this route include:

-       A new 06.15hrs Midleton to Cork service, to connect to the 07.00hrs Cork to Dublin

-       Two additional Mallow service 

Limerick-Galway

Major changes on this route include:

-       Journey time improvements to most Limerick-Galway services of between 4 and 11 minutes. 

-       Improved connections between Galway and Cork, with the extension of some Galway/Limerick services to and from Limerick Junction.  This will enable customers to travel between Galway and Cork with one change at Limerick Junction

-       One service in each direction will be cancelled: 11.55 Limerick to Galway and 12.10 Galway to Limerick.

 

Limerick-Ballybrophy via Nenagh

Major changes on this route include:

-       05.05 Limerick to Dublin via Nenagh will no longer operate

-       The 16.05 Limerick to Ballybrophy via Nenagh service and 18.20 Ballybrophy to Limerick via Nenagh services will no longer operate

 

Limerick Junction to Waterford

Major changes on this route include:

-       11.40 Waterford to Limerick Junction and 13.55 Limerick Junction to Waterford will no longer operate

-       A number of significant departure time changes to other services

DART

Unchanged, apart from minor departure and arrival time changes.

Drogheda/Dundalk Commuter

Unchanged, apart from minor departure and arrival time changes, and the following off-peak service cancellation:

-       09.44 Connolly to Balbriggan (Mon-Fri) [09.40 on Saturdays]

-       10.50 Balbriggan to Connolly (Mon-Sat)

 

M3 Parkway:

-      Off-peak M3 Parkway train services will operate to/from Clonsilla, changing to/from Maynooth/Dublin trains at Clonsilla, for more efficient, cost effective operation.

-      A later final service from the city centre to M3 Parkway (change at Clonsilla), departing the city at 23:17hrs from Connolly

 

Sligo/Dublin

-      Sligo/Dublin services will be reduced from 8 to 7 each way daily, through the amalgamation of two off-peak services experiencing low demand. The 07.05 and 09.05 Dublin to Sligo will be amalgamated to form an 08.05 service; and the 17.00 and 19.00 from Sligo to Dublin will be amalgamated to form an 18.00 service.

-       The evening 17.35hrs Bray to Longford service (departs Connolly at 18.18hrs) will operate from Bray to Maynooth only.  Customers for stations beyond Maynooth can avail of the 18.05hrs departure from Connolly.  The 21.05hrs Longford to Connolly is withdrawn.

 

 

While these are the most significant changes, Iarnród Éireann encourages all customers to review theschedules as minor departure time changes and changes to stops on individual journeys are included on many services.

 

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