Upcoming Line Improvement Works
21 November 2022
Here you will find a complete list of planned engineering works and changes to Iarnród Éireann rail services.
- Upcoming Line Improvement Works
- Preview of Upcoming Major works - October to December 2022
- Night-time Track Works
- Accessibility on Iarnród Éireann Services
- Catering on Rail Iarnród Éireann Services
- Bus Transfer Arrangements
- How can I reserve a seat on an Iarnród Éireann Service?
Upcoming Line Improvements
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 or generally at the August weekend, which are particularly important for tourism. However, Easter, and the May, June and October Bank Holidays are often used for works (although the scale of events this June Bank Holiday weekend means that we will not be undertaking any such works this year)
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 6th October 2022) of major disruptive works for the remainder of 2022. 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
|Dates||Line Closed||Works||Services Affected|
|Monday 26th September to Sunday 20th November||Nenagh to Birdhill||Track renewal works||Ballybrophy to Limerick via Nenagh|
|Saturday 29th to Monday 31st October (October Bank Holiday)||Howth Junction to Dundalk, and Howth Junction to Howth||Points, overhead line and culvert works, multiple locations||DART, Northern Commuter, Enterprise|
|Saturday 29th (14:30hrs) to Monday 31st (10:30hrs) (October Bank Holiday)||Portarlington to Thurles||Signalling commissioning, track works (works deferred from September)||Heuston to Cork / Kerry / Limerick|
|Monday 7th November (08:30hrs) to Friday November 11th (15:30hrs) inclusive||Rathmore to Tralee||Points and crossings, and track alteration works in Tralee, signalling works, Rathmore bridge works||Rathmore to Tralee|
|Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th November||Portarlington to Athlone||Signalling commissioning||Heuston to Galway/Westport|
|Saturdays 19th and 26th November, 16:00 onwards||Banteer to Rathmore||Bridge works||Mallow to Tralee|
|Saturdays 10th and 17th December, 14:00 onwards||Limerick to Limerick Junction||Track works||Limerick to Limerick Junction|
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 email@example.com 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.
For more information on our Catering services please see our Catering Page.
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.
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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