Iarnród Éireann News

Line Improvement Works on Saturday 30th March

11 March 2019

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;

Upcoming Engineering Works PDF Timetable

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Belfast Enterprise Services

Please note that due to engineering works between Malahide and Clongriffen on the below dates, all Dublin to Belfast and Belfast to Dublin Connolly services will operate between Belfast and Drogheda only with bus transfers in operation between Drogheda and Dublin Connolly

  • Saturday 20th April
  • Sunday 21st April
  • Saturday 4th May
  • Sunday 5th May

Please check the journey planner above for full details.

Monday 22nd April and Monday 6th May

  • 07:35hrs Dublin Connolly to Belfast will be bus transfers from Dublin Connolly to Drogheda, followed by a train from Drogheda to Belfast

Please check the journey planner above for full details.

Cork, Limerick and Tralee Services

To view details on service alterations for Cork, Limerick and Tralee services select the date of engineering working from the following list;

Friday 29th March

Due to Line Improvement Works between Charleville and Mallow on Friday 29th March, the following alterations to services will apply;

  • 19:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Cork is deferred to 19:15hrs
  • 21:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Cork will operate to Charleville only with bus transfers from Thurles to Cork and from Charleville to Mallow.
  • 20:41hrs Limerick Junction to Limerick is deferred to 20:56hrs

Saturday 30th March 

Dublin Heuston to Cork Kent 

The following services will operate to Charleville only, bus transfers from Thurles to Cork and from Charleville to Mallow

  • 07:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Cork 
  • 08:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Cork 
  • 09:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Cork
  • 10:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Cork 
  • 11:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Cork 
  • 12:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Cork
  • 13:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Cork 
  • 14:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Cork 
  • 15:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Cork 
  • 16:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Cork
  • 17:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Cork is deferred to 17:05hrs, will call additionally at Ballybrophy, Templemore and Thurles and will operate to Charleville only, bus transfers from Thurles to Cork and from Charleville to Mallow 
  • 18:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Cork will operate to Charleville, bus transfers from Thurles to Cork and from Charleville to Mallow
  • 19:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Cork will operate to Charleville only, bus transfers from Thurles to Cork and from Charleville to Mallow 
  • 21:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Cork will operate to Charleville only, bus transfers from Thurles to Cork and from Charleville to Mallow 
Cork Kent to Dublin Heuston
  • 05:50hrs Cork to Dublin Heuston will commence from Charleville at 07:00hrs, will call additionally at Thurles, bus transfers from Cork to Thurles and from Mallow to Charleville 
  • 07:00hrs Cork to Dublin Heuston will commence from Limerick Junction at 08:15hrs, bus transfers from Cork to Thurles and from Mallow to Thurles 
  • 09:25hrs Cork to Dublin Heuston will commence from Charleville at 10:35hrs, bus transfers from Cork to Thurles and from Mallow to Charleville
  • 10:25hrs Cork to Dublin Heuston will commence from Charleville at 11:35hrs, will call additionally at Thurles, bus transfers from Cork to Thurles and from Mallow to Charleville
  • 11:25hrs Cork to Dublin Heuston will commence from Charleville at 12:35hrs, bus transfers from Cork to Thurles and from Mallow to Charleville
  • 12:25hrs Cork to Dublin Heuston will commence from Charleville at 13:35hrs, will call additionally at Thurles, bus transfers from Cork to Thurles and from Mallow to Charleville
  • 13:25hrs Cork to Dublin Heuston will commence from Charleville at 14:35hrs, bus transfers from Cork to Thurles and from Mallow to Charleville
  • 14:25hrs Cork to Dublin Heuston will commence from Charleville at 15:35hrs, will call additionally at Portlaoise, bus transfers from Cork to Thurles and from Mallow to Charleville
  • 15:25hrs Cork to Dublin Heuston will commence from Charleville at 16:35hrs, bus transfers from Cork to Thurles and from Mallow to Charleville
  • 16:25hrs Cork to Dublin Heuston will commence from Charleville at 17:35hrs, bus transfers from Cork to Thurles and from Mallow to Charleville
  • 17:25hrs Cork to Dublin Heuston will commence from Charleville at 18:35hrs, bus transfers from Cork to Thurles and from Mallow to Charleville
  • 18:25hrs Cork to Dublin Heuston will commence from Charleville at 19:35hrs, bus transfers from Cork to Thurles and from Mallow to Charleville
  • 20:25hrs Cork to Dublin Heuston will commence from Charleville at 21:35hrs, and will operate to Portlaoise only, bus transfers from Cork to Heuston (non-stop) Mallow to Charleville and from Portlaoise to Heuston
Cork to Tralee 
  • 11:20hrs Mallow to Tralee is deferred to 12:00hrs
  • 13:20hrs Mallow to Tralee is deferred to 14:05hrs 
  • 15:20hrs Mallow to Tralee is deferred to 16:05hrs
  • 17:25hrs Mallow to Tralee is deferred to 18:05hrs
  • 17:05hrs Dublin Heuston to Tralee will commence from Mallow at 20:10hrs 
  • 07:05hrs Tralee to Dublin Heuston will operate to Mallow only, bus transfers from Mallow to Charleville and a second train 09:35hrs Charleville to Dublin Heuston

Sunday 31th March

Please note that due to Engineering Works between Sallins and Kildare, the following service alterations and amendments will occur:

  • 08:30hrs Dublin Heuston to Tralee will be bus transfers from Dublin Heuston to Portlaoise, 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 

Saturday 6th April

Please note that due to Engineering Works between Ballybrophy/Lisduff, the following service alterations and amendments will occur on Saturday 6th April:

  • 21:00hrs Heuston to Cork will operate to Portlaoise only, bus transfers from Portlaoise to Thurles and a second train from Thurles to Cork
  • 20:25 Cork/Heuston will operate to Thurles only, bus transfers from Thurles to Portlaoise and a second train from Portlaoise to Heuston
  • 22:36hrs Limerick Junction to Limerick is deferred to 23.18hrs

Please check the journey planner above for full details.

Cork Commuters

Please check the journey planner above for full details.

DART

A major project to replace the life-expired 19th century Pearse Station roof has begun. More information on the Pearse Station Roof Replacement can be found by clicking on the link. 

  • DARTs will be operate between Howth, Malahide and Connolly, and between Grand Canal Dock and Greystones only
  • Tara Street and Pearse Stations will be closed

The next weekend works will be:

  • Saturday 13th April
  • Sunday 14th April

Please check the journey planner above for full details.

Sunday 31st March

Due to Engineering Works between Sallins and Kildare, the following service alterations and amendments will occur:

  • 08:00hrs Dublin Heuston to Galway will be bus transfers from Dublin Heuston to Kildare, train from Kildare to Galway
  • 09:40hrs Athlone to Westport is deferred to 10:06hrs
  • 10:30hrs Ballina tp Manulla Junction is deferred to 10:55hrs
  • 11:05hrs Manulla Junction to Ballina is deferred to 11:32hrs
  • 11:40hrs Dublin Heuston to Galway will NOT serve Clara 
  • 11:00hrs Galway to Dublin Heuston is deferred to 11.35hrs 

Maynooth and Longford Commuters

On the following dates Drumcondra Station will be closed due to engineering works between North Strand and Glasnevin Junction. No services will stop in Drumcondra on the below dates.

  • Saturday 6th April and Sunday 7th April

Please check the journey planner above for full details.

Northern Commuters

  • Saturday 13th April
  • Sunday 14th April

Due to engineering works between Connolly and Grand Canal Dock the following alterations will take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April:

  • 06:45hrs Gorey to Dundalk will operate to Bray only, bus transfers in operation from Bray to Dublin Connolly
  • 07:05hrs Dundalk to Dublin Pearse will operate to Dublin Connolly only
  • 08:50hrs Dublin Connolly to Dundalk will operate
  • 22:10hrs Drogheda to Pearse will operate to Connolly only
  • 23:35hrs Dublin Pearse to Dundalk will commence from Dublin Connolly at 23:42hrs

Please check our Journey Planner for more information. 

Portlaoise and Newbridge Commuters

Saturday 30th March

Due to Engineering Works between Sallins and Kildare, the following service alterations and amendments will occur:

  • 21:05hrs Dublin Heuston to Portlaoise will operate to Hazelhatch only, bus transfers from Hazelhatch to Sallins, Newbridge, Kildare, Monasterevin, Portarlington and Portlaoise
  • 22:10hrs Dublin Heuston to Portlaoise will operate to Hazelhatch only, bus transfers from Hazelhatch to Sallins, Newbridge, Kildare, Monasterevin, Portarlington and Portlaoise
  • 23:10hrs Dublin Heuston to Kildare will operate to Hazelhatch only, bus transfers from Hazelhatch to Sallins, Newbridge and Kildare
  • 21:25hrs Portlaoise to Dublin Heuston will be bus transfers from Portlaoise to Portarlington, Monasterevin, Kildare, Newbridge, Sallins and Hazelhatch, train from Hazelhatch to Dublin Heuston
  • 22:02hrs Kildare to Dublin Heuston is cancelled
  • 22:30hrs Portlaoise to Dublin Heuston will commence from Hazelhatch at 23:25hrs

Rosslare Services

  • Saturday 13th April
  • Sunday 14th April

Engineering works will take place between Dublin Connolly and Grand Canal Dock on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April. As a result the following services will operate as a train between Bray and Rosslare with bus transfers in operation between Dublin Connolly and Bray;

  • 07:20hrs Rosslare to Dublin Connolly
  • 08:05hrs Dublin Connolly to Rosslare
  • 12:55hrs Rosslare to Dublin Connolly 
  • 13:36hrs Dublin Connolly to Rosslare 
  • 17:55hrs Rosslare to Dublin Connolly
  • 18:38hrs Dublin Connolly to Rosslare 

Please check our Journey Planner for more information. 

Sligo Services

On the following dates Drumcondra Station will be closed. No services will call here;

  • Saturday 23rd March and Sunday 24th March
  • Saturday 30th March and Sunday 31st March
  • Saturday 6th April and Sunday 7th April

Please check the journey planner above for full details.

Waterford Services

Please check our journey planner for full details.

Western Rail Corridor and Waterford to Limerick Junction Services

Tuesday 2nd April to Thursday 4th April

  • 10.30hrs Galway to Limerick will operate to Ennis only, bus transfers from Ennis to Sixmilebridge and Limerick
  • 13:36hrs Limerick Junction to Galwaywill operate to Limerick only, bus transfers will operate from Limerick to Ennis, second train from Ennis to Galway, a second bus will operate from Limerick to Sixmilebridge; a third bus will operate from Sixmilebridge to Ennis
  • 12:30hrs Limerick/Ennis will be substituted by bus transfers
  • 13:25hrs Ennis/Limerick will be substituted by bus transfers

Please check our journey planner for full details.

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