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  • Customers in possession of a valid open class ticket

What are the conditions of travel?

Customers who are already in possession of or purchasing on the day of travel a valid standard class ticket(s) such as Family Ticket, Day Return, Open Return, Weekly, Monthly, Annual or InterRail ticket can book on their chosen service by selecting the 'Reservation Only' option in the Passenger selection box. Customers are advised there is limited availability for seat only bookings online.

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Customers who hold a Free Travel / DSFA Pass can book on their chosen service by selecting the 'Free Travel Pass' option in the Passenger selection box. Customers are advised there is limited availability for Free Travel bookings online.

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  • You can purchase the ticket above using our Journey Planner. Tickets can only be purchased up to 90 days in advance.
  • An allocation of bookings on all InterCity services can be reserved online without a fee for 'Free Travel Pass or valid ticket holders'. When this allocation is fully booked, all remaining seats can be reserved by 'Free Travel Pass or valid ticket holders' for €2.50 per journey. 

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Is an option for customers who are in possession of Free Travel Pass, a valid standard class ticket(s), seasonal ticket(s), Taxsaver ticket(s) or InterRail to book onto a train in standard class. Customers who have a valid standard class ticket but wish to upgrade to First Class should also use this selection. For more information go to Tickets Explained section.

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Upcoming Line Improvement Works

15 March 2024

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

Upcoming Line Improvement Works 

Upcoming Line Improvements

Major works preview 2024

With record investment in our rail network under the National Development Plan, Iarnród Éireann is currently undertaking a range of projects, as well as essential maintenance, right across our lines.

While the vast majority of works take place overnight, or in a way that sees little or no disruption to services, in some instances disruption is unavoidable. In particular, this will happen if we’re replacing or improving essential infrastructure like tracks, bridges, signalling, overhead lines, or helping third parties with major plans.

So we need to plan these works to deliver improvements to our customers, but there can be unavoidable disruption too. We work to ensure that any such disruption is minimised, and that the number of customers affected is minimised too.

We do this in a number of ways:

  • We try to ensure that our busiest lines are unaffected at the busiest times, so weekday works, and particularly at peak, are avoided
  • We work to plan the works which must happen, and look at events which take place around the country too. Major sports, music, cultural and other entertainment is always considered. This poses challenges – we’re busier with works than ever before, but there are more events than ever before too
  • We choose selected Bank Holiday weekends to undertake projects of significant scale – the extra weekend day allows us to achieve more progress more efficiently, while avoiding impacting those crucial weekday customers. We don’t schedule works at St Patrick’s weekend, which is particularly important for tourism. However, the new February (St Brigid’s Bank Holiday), Easter, and the May, June and October Bank Holidays, and occasionally the August Bank Holiday, are often used for works

So, while we will have other works which may affect individual services, or late evening / early morning services in some instances, this is the current schedule (as of 21st March 2024) of major disruptive works until the end of November 2024. Further 2024 works will be confirmed shortly. This is subject to further change (for example, new events or additional investment funding can result in revisions).

Bold indicates extended works, including weekday impacts; italic indicates Translink works.

Line Improvement Works - 2024
Dates Line Closed Works Services Affected
Saturday 30th March to Sunday 7th April

Belfast to Portadown

Belfast Grand Central and associated works

Enterprise between Newry and Belfast

Saturdays 13th and 27th April (evenings)

Portarlington to Athlone

Ballast cleaning

Heuston to Galway/Westport

Sunday 14th April

Dun Laoghaire to Bray

NTCC-associated works

Southside DART, Connolly to Rosslare

Saturday 4th to Monday 6th May (May Bank Holiday)

Grand Canal Dock to Greystones

Track renewal, train protection system works

Southside DART, Connolly to Rosslare

Saturday 18th May

Grand Canal Dock to Greystones

Track renewal, train protection system works

Southside DART, Connolly to Rosslare

Saturday 25th May

Limerick Junction to Mallow

Ballast cleaning, bridge renewal works

Heuston to Cork / Kerry

Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd June (June Bank Holiday)

Enniscorthy to Gorey

Bridge renewal works

Connolly to Rosslare

Saturday 1st to Monday 3rd June (June Bank Holiday)

Drogheda Station

Track and overhead line works for battery-electric trains

Drogheda Commuter, Belfast Enterprise

Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th June

Athlone to Ballinasloe

Bridge renewal works

Heuston to Galway

Saturdays 8th & 15th June (evenings)

Mallow to Tralee

Bridge maintenance works

Mallow to Tralee

Sunday 9th June

Grand Canal Dock to Greystones

Track renewal, train protection system works

Southside DART, Connolly to Rosslare

Saturdays 15th & 22nd June (evenings)

Ballinasloe to Athenry

Track renewal works

Heuston to Galway

Sunday 23rd June

Sutton

Level crossing renewal works

Howth to Howth Junction

Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th June

Ballybrophy to Limerick (via Nenagh)

Culvert repair works

Ballybrophy to Limerick (via Nenagh)

July to December (Mondays to Wednesdays - 20:00hrs onwards)

Glounthaune to Midleton

Track works for new second track

Glounthaune to Midleton

Saturdays and Sundays 13th & 14th, 27th & 28th July

Ballybrophy to Limerick (via Nenagh)

Culvert repair works

Ballybrophy to Limerick (via Nenagh)

Saturday 3rd to Monday 5th August (August Bank Holiday)

Malahide to Drogheda

Track renewal

Drogheda Commuter, Belfast Enterprise

Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th August

Ballybrophy to Limerick (via Nenagh)

Culvert repair works

Ballybrophy to Limerick (via Nenagh)

Saturday 24th August (evening)

Ballina to Manulla

Bridge renewal works

Ballina to Manulla

September to October , Mondays to Thursdays (affecting 21:00hrs Heuston to Cork only)

Mallow to Cork

Cork area commuter rail works

Mallow to Cork

Saturday 14th to Sunday 15th September

Dun Laoghaire to Greystones

Track works, overhead line renewal, Woodbrook Station works

Southside DART, Connolly to Rosslare

Saturday 21st September (evening)

Portarlington to Tullamore

Ballast cleaning

Heuston to Galway/Westport

Saturday 21st September (evening)

Limerick to Ennis

Bridge renewal

Limerick to Ennis, Limerick to Galway

Saturday 28th to Sunday 29th September

Grand Canal Dock to Greystones

Track works, overhead line renewal, Woodbrook Station works

Southside DART, Connolly to Rosslare

Saturday 12th October (evening)

Athlone to Ballinasloe

Ballast cleaning

Heuston to Galway

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th October (October Bank Holiday)

Clontarf Road to Dundalk

Track works, ballast cleaning, overhead line renewal, 

Northside DART, Drogheda Commuter, Belfast Enterprise

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th October (October Bank Holiday)

Clonsilla to M3 Parkway

Track and drainage works

Clonsilla to M3 Parkway

Saturday 2nd November (evening)

Portlaoise to Thurles

Track renewal

Heuston to Cork / Limerick / Kerry

Saturdays 2nd & 9th November (evenings)

Limerick to Limerick Junction

Ballast cleaning

Limerick to Limerick Junction

Saturday 16th November (evening)

Claremorris to Westport/Ballina

Ballast cleaning

Claremorris to Westport/Ballina

Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th November

Ceannt Station, Galway

New points and crossings installation

Athenry to Galway

 

Check out our video below to learn more about the work being carried out to maintain our railway network.

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 call (01) 836 6222 (Monday to Friday 07:00hrs - 19:00hrs and 08:00hrs - 18:00hrs Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays). 

For further information please visit our Accessibility section

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

Catering on Rail Iarnród Éireann Services

For more information on our Catering services please see our Catering Page.

Bus Transfer Arrangements

Bus transfers are operated by Third Party Companies as a result Iarnród Éireann cannot guarantee there will be toilet facilities on-board. Passengers are advised to use the toilet facilities in the station before travelling. Please note Guide / Assistance dogs and small lap dogs can be facilitated on board bus transfers in line with our Travelling with Animals policy.

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

For information on how to buy a Free Travel Pass or Valid Ticket please see our 'Guide to buying online'.

Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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