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Line improvement works 26th May

14 May 2018

Here you will find a complete list of planned engineering works and changes to Iarnród Éireann rail services.

Service Arrangements

Line Improvement Works

Iarnród Éireann is continuing its programme of line improvement works on selected Saturdays, focusing this year on the section between Newbridge and Ballybrophy.

The annual investment of €10 million in line improvements will lead to higher reliability, smoother running of trains and with other works deliver consistent 160kph speeds (100 mph). This will deliver journey time improvements for customers.

We advise customers to check their journey details prior to travelling. For a full list of available services on your day of travel, please check our Journey Planner for all timetable query or click on your route below for a summary service arrangements;

Belfast Enterprise Services

Please check the journey planner above or our timetable PDF below for full details.

  • Belfast services will operate as normal

Cork, Limerick and Tralee Services

Saturday 26th May and 9th June 

  • Cork services will operate every hour in each direction with altered timings
  • Limerick services will operate every hour, connecting to Cork services at Limerick Junction
  • Tralee services will operate every 2 hours, connecting to Cork services at Mallow
  • 17:05hrs Dublin to Tralee is cancelled. Passengers should board the 17:05hrs Dublin to Cork service and change at Mallow for a connecting service. Please note that there will be a delay of 25 - 30 minutes from Mallow to Tralee
  • Nenagh Line services will operate with altered timings, please change at Ballybrophy for connecting services

Saturday 23rd June

  • 22:36 Limerick Junction to Limerick is deferred to 23:12hrs.

The following services will operate between Cork and Portlaoise, with bus transfers in operation between Portlaoise and Dublin Heuston;

  • 20:25hrs Cork to Dublin Heuston 
  • 21:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Cork 

Sunday 24th June

  • 08:30hrs Dublin Heuston to Tralee will be bus transfers from Dublin Heuston to Portlaoise, followed by a train from Portlaoise to Tralee
  • 10:45hrs Mallow to Cork is deferred to 11:22hrs
  • 10:08hrs Limerick Junction to Limerick is deferred to 10:50hrs

DART Services

Please check our journey planner above or our timetable PDF below for full details.

  • DART services will operate as normal

Galway and Westport Services

Please check our journey planner above or our timetable PDF below for full details.

Saturday 26th May and 9th June

  • Galway services will operate with some minor time changes
  • Westport services will operate with some minor time changes

Saturday 23rd June

The following services will operate to Portarlington only, followed by bus transfers from Portlaoise to Dublin Heuston;

  • 18:15hrs Westport to Dublin Heuston
  • 19:20hrs Galway to Dublin Heuston 

Sunday 24th June

  • 08:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Galway will be a bus transfer from Dublin Heuston to Portarlington, followed by a train from Portarlington to Galway
  • 09:40hrs Athlone to Westport is deferred to 10:06hrs
  • 10:30hrs Ballina to Manulla Junction is deferred to 10:55hrs
  • 11:00hrs Galway to Dublin Heuston is deferred to 11:35hrs
  • 11:05hrs Manulla Junction to Ballina is deferred to 11:32hrs
  • 11:40hrs Dublin Heuston to Galway will not serve Clara

Northern Commuter

Please check our journey planner above or our timetable PDF below for full details.

  • Northern Commuter services will operate as normal

Portlaoise Commuter Services

Saturday 26th May and 9th June 

Please check our journey planner above or our timetable PDF below for full details.

  • Portlaoise Commuter services will operate hourly between Dublin Heuston and Newbridge only, with the exception of 07:10hrs Portlaoise to Dublin Heuston, 22:10hrs Heuston to Portlaoise and 23:10hrs Heuston to Kildare services which will operate
  • There will be no other Commuter services between Portlaoise, Kildare and Dublin. However customers travelling to and from Portlaoise, Portarlington, Monasterevin, Kildare and Newbridge will be served by InterCity trains

Saturday 23rd June

  • 19:45hrs Dublin Heuston to Portlaoise is advanced to 19:05hrs
  • 22:25hrs Portlaoise to Dublin Heuston will commence from Kildare at 23.25hrs
  • 22:00hrs Kildare to Dublin Heuston is cancelled
  • 23:10 Dublin Heuston to Kildare is deferred to 23:20hrs

The following services will operate betwen Kildare and Dublin Heuston only with bus transfers in operation between Portlaoise to Kildare;

  • 21:05hrs Dublin Heuston to Portlaoise
  • 21:25hrs Portlaoise to Dublin Heuston 
  • 22.10 Dublin Heuston to Portlaoise 

Waterford Services

Please check our journey planner above or our timetable PDF below for full details.

  • Waterford services will operate as normal

Western Rail Corridor and Waterford to Limerick Junction Services

Please check the journey planner above or our timetable PDF below for full details.

Sunday 20th and 27th May

The following services will be substituted by bus transfers;

  • 17:20hrs Limerick to Ballybrophy
  • 19:45hrs Ballybrophy to Limerick

Monday 21st to Saturday 26th May and Monday 28th to Wednesday 30th May

The following services will be substituted by bus transfers;

  • 06:30hrs Limerick to Ballybrophy
  • 07:45hrs Nenagh to Limerick 
  • 16:55hrs Limerick to Ballybrophy
  • 10:05hrs Ballybrophy to Limerick 
  • 19:05hrs Ballybrophy to Limerick 

Saturday 26th May and 9th June 

  • Limerick to Galway (Western Rail Corridor) services will operate with some minor time changes
  • Waterford to Limerick Junction services will operate with altered timings

PDF Timetables

Future dates for engineering works;

  • 12th May
  • 26th May
  • 9th June
  • 30th June
  • 14th July
  • 22nd September
  • 29th September
  • 13th October
  • 20th October
  • 27th October
  • 3rd November

Accessibility on Iarnród Éireann Services

We are better able to assist you if you contact us as far in advance as possible, but try to give at least 24-hours' notice of your journey. You can contact us by emailing access@irishrail.ie or calling (0)1 836 6222 (Monday - Friday 08:30-18:00hrs excluding public holidays). 

For DART Accessibility information, please see our new DART Accessibility section

Catering on Rail Iarnród Éireann Services

On affected services, a trolley service will be provided on all InterCity services. Dining car and restaurant car facilities will not be available.

How can I reserve a seat on an Iarnród Éireann Service?

  • When you purchase an Adult, Child or Student ticket on this website or through our call centre (01 83 66 222) you are given an assigned seat as part of the price
  • Customers who are already in possession of or purchasing on the day of travel a valid standard class ticket(s) such as Family Tickets, Day Return, Open Return, Weekly, Monthly, Annual, InterRail and Free Travel pass holders can reserve a seat on a service for a small fee per person each way

Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Engineering Works