Iarnród Éireann News

Line Improvement Works taking place during November and December

05 November 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

Saturday 24th November

  • Belfast services will operate as normal

Please check the journey planner above for full details.

Cork, Limerick and Tralee Services

Saturday 24th November

  • Cork services will operate every hour with altered timings in each direction 
  • All direct Limerick/Dublin services are cancelled. Limerick/Dublin services will operate every hour, connecting to/from all Dublin/Cork services at Limerick Junction, services with operate with altered timings in each direction 
  • Tralee/Dublin services will operate every 2 hours with altered timings, connecting to/from Dublin/Cork services at Mallow
  • Ballybrophy services will operate as below -
  • 06:30hrs Limerick/Ballybrophy will be deferred to 06.45hrs and operates as a bus transfer
  • 16:55hrs Limerick/Ballybrophy will be deferred to 17.20hrs and operates as a bus transfer
  • 10:05hrs Ballybrophy/Limerick will be deferred to 10.15hrs and operates as a bus transfer.
  • 19:05hrs Ballybrophy/Limerick will be deferred to 19.25hrs and operates as a bus transfer.

Saturday 1st December

The following services will operate with bus transfers between Mallow and Cork on Saturday 1st December;

  • 17.00hrs Heuston/Cork
  • 18.00hrs Heuston/Cork
  • 19.00hrs Heuston/Cork
  • 21.00hrs Heuston/Cork
  • 20.25hrs Cork/Heuston
  • 20.55hrs Cork/Tralee
  • 17.05hrs Tralee/Cork
  • 19.05hrs Tralee/Cork

The following services will be substitued by buses;

  • 18.05hrs Cork/Mallow
  • 18.45hrs Cork/Mallow
  • 22.00hrs Cork/Mallow
  • 23.00hrs Cork/Mallow
  • 19.25hrs Mallow/Cork
  • 22.30hrs Mallow/Cork

Saturday 8th December

  • 19:45hrs Heuston/Portlaoise will operate to Portarlington only, bus transfers from Portarlington to Portlaoise
  • 21:00hrs Heuston/Cork will be bus transfers from Heuston to Portlaoise & Thurles, train will continue from Thurles to Cork
  • 21:05hrs Heuston/Portlaoise will operate to Portarlington only, bus transfers from Portarlington to Portlaoise
  • 22:10hrs Heuston/Portlaoise will operate to Portarlington only, bus transfers from Portarlington to Portlaoise
  • 22:02hrs Kildare/Heuston is advanced to 21:46hrs
  • 21:25hrs Portlaoise/Heuston will be bus transfers from Portlaoise to Portarlington, train from Portarlington to Heuston
  • 20:25hrs Cork/Heuston will operate to Thurles only, bus transfers from Thurles to Portlaoise, Portarlington, Monasterevin, Kildare, Newbridge and Heuston
  • 22:30hrs Portlaoise/Heuston will be bus transfers from Portlaoise to Portarlington, train from Portarlington to Heuston
  • 22:36hrs Limerick Jctn./Limerick is deferred to 23:21hrs

Sunday 9th December

  • 08:30hrs Heuston/Tralee will be bus transfers from Heuston to Portlaoise & Thurles, train will operate from Thurles to Tralee
  • 10:45hrs Mallow/Cork is deferred to 11:28hrs
  • 10:50hrs Limerick/Limerick Junction will operate in an altered path
  • 10:08hrs Limerick Junction/Limerick is deferred to 10:53hrs 
  • 08:25hrs Cork/Heuston will call additionally at Thurles, Templemore, Ballybrophy, Portlaoise and Portarlington
  • An additional service will operate at 08:48hrs from Limerick/Limerick Junction

Please check the journey planner above for full details.

Cork Commuters

Due to engineering works between Glounthaune and Cobh, bus transfers will be in operation between Cork/Cork for the following services;

Saturday 24th November

  • 08:20hrs Cork/Mallow is cancelled
  • 08:50hrs Mallow/Cork will be deferred to 09:00hrs
  • 17:30hrs Mallow/Cork will be advanced to 17:28hrs

Delays of up to 15 minutes may occur.

Please check the journey planner above for full details.

DART

Due to maintenance work taking place on Wednesday 21st, the following timetable alterations will apply:

Wednesday 21st November

  • 11:00hrs Howth/Greystones will operate to Bray only
  • 12:34hrs Greystones/Malahide will commence from Bray at 12:44hrs

Bus transfer will operate to/from Bray/Greystones.

Delays of up to 15 minutes may occur.

Please check the journey planner above for full details.

Galway and Westport Services

Saturday 24th November

  • 11:00hrs Galway/Dublin Heuston will be deferred to 11:10hrs
  • 13:05hrs Galway/Dublin Heuston will be deferred to 13:10hrs

Please check our Journey Planner  for more information. 

Saturday 8th December

  • 19:35hrs Dublin Heuston/Galway will operate to Athlone only, bus transfers will operate from Athlone to Ballinasloe, Woodlawn, Athenry, Oranmore and Galway due to engineering works between Athlone and Ballinasloe
  • 19:20hrs Galway/Dublin Heuston will operate in an altered path

Please check our Journey Planner for more information. 

Rosslare Services

Saturday 24th November

  • Services will operate as normal

Waterford Services

Saturday 24th November

  • 15:10hrs Dublin Heuston/Waterford will be deferred to 15:15hrs

Please check our journey planner for full details.

Western Rail Corridor and Waterford to Limerick Junction Services

Saturday 24th November

  • 09:20hrs Limerick/Galway will be deferred to 09:25hrs
  • 13:36hrs Limerick Jctn./Galway will commence from Limerick at 14:20hrs 
  • 13:45hrs Galway/Limerick Jctn. will operate to Limerick only.
  • 17:50hrs Galway/Limerick Jctn. will operate to Limerick only.
  • 09:40hrs Limerick Jctn./Waterford will be deferred to 09:55hrs
  • 18:40hrs Limerick Jctn./Waterford will be deferred to 19:17hrs

Please check the journey planner above for full details.

PDF Timetables

Future dates for engineering works;

  • 10th/11th November (Rosslare LIne only)
  • 24th November
  • 8th December (Athlone to Ballinasloe)

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 (01-8366222) 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