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Revised timetable from 11th December 2022: bookings now available

15 November 2022

Details of changes and feedback from public consultation process

Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail in conjunction with the National Transport Authority is pleased to confirm a revised timetable from 11th December 2022.

Full details are available at our journey planner and online bookings are now available for services from Sunday 11th December onwards.

Changes to timetables will be implemented on the following routes:

  • Northern Commuter
  • Maynooth Commuter
  • Dublin Rosslare InterCity
  • Grand Canal Dock/Hazelhatch/Newbridge Commuter
  • Dublin Waterford InterCity
  • Dublin Westport/Ballina InterCity
  • Cork Commuter

Feedback and changes arising from public consultation

Thank you to 1,553 customers who participated in our recent consultation, for our proposed new timetable from Sunday 11th December 2022.

We received feedback on every route, right across the network, and following review with the National Transport Authority, the timetable has now been finalised.

A number of changes to the draft proposals have been incorporated as a result of your feedback.  These include:

  • An earlier first service from Charleville to Cork, and later last service from Cork to Charleville
  • The proposed changes to evening peak Connolly to Drogheda and Balbriggan services will now not take place.
  • New earlier Sunday service from Portlaoise to Heuston, and additional stops for earlier Sunday services from Newbridge and Sallins.
  • Additional morning stops at Donabate and Rush & Lusk northbound to facilitate school children.
  • Earlier first service from M3 Parkway on weekdays, connecting at Clonsilla for Connolly.
  • Improved connection times at Limerick Junction for evening Waterford to Limerick Junction service.
  • 10:08hrs Ballybrophy to Limerick (via Nenagh) advanced to 09:05hrs.
  • Additional stop at Broombridge on selected morning Sligo to Connolly and evening Connolly to Sligo services, to connect to Luas.

These changes are additional to changes proposed in the draft timetables, which will now also proceed from 11th December.  These are:

  • Earlier first service on Monday to Friday between Dundalk/Drogheda and Pearse, which is also extended to Grand Canal Dock.
  • More services to call at Kilcoole on Rosslare Europort/Dublin Connolly services all week.
  • Twelve additional off-peak Commuter services between Newbridge and Heuston, resulting in trains every 30 minutes Monday to Friday.
  • Extra services between Hazelhatch and Grand Canal Dock, via Phoenix Park Tunnel on Monday to Friday.
  • A new return mid-morning service between Heuston and Carlow on Monday to Friday.
  • 07:00 Waterford to Heuston will additionally serve Kilkenny at 07:28 hrs; train is advanced to 06:50 from Waterford, but no change to arrival time in Heuston at 09:00 as a result.
  • A new 07:08 Athlone/Westport service Monday to Friday providing a service for regional commuters along the line.
  • A new 05:05 service from Ballina to Manulla which will connect with the advanced 05:15 Westport/Heuston service Monday to Friday.
  • The 07:30 Athlone/Galway service will now commence from Tullamore at 06:50 on Monday to Friday, and additionally serve Clara. There will be no change to the timings between Athlone and Galway.
  • Slight changes to evening services between Cork and Mallow providing a consistent 30 min frequency between 16:25 and 19:25 from Cork.
  • Later last services to Cobh and Midleton Monday to Saturday.
  • Improved journey times on Limerick/Ballybrophy services via Nenagh due to recent infrastructure works, resulting in a 15-minute time saving.
  • A number of other minor schedule alterations to improve punctuality.

It was not possible to address a number of requested changes in this consultation due to available driver resources.  Certain driver training programmes were deferred due to COVID-19 restrictions.  However, Iarnród Éireann will review these requests as more drivers become available in 2023 and beyond.  Specifically, an additional later evening service from Connolly to Gorey will be provided at the earliest opportunity in 2023.

 

A full summary of the top 30 response topics in the consultation is provided below.

 

Rank Topic Response
1 Increase service on Rosslare line

TO BE ADDRESSED 2023
Driver resources not available for implementation for December 2022.

An option for a later service to Gorey at 20:00 approx from Connolly (Mon-Fri) is being examined as an utmost priority with implementation at the earliest opportunity in 2023.

Any further potental increases will be kept under constant review throughout 2023 and will remain a priority to deliver.

2 Supportive of proposed timetable Noted
3 Earlier first train Charleville to Cork ADDRESSED: Proposed to extend the existing 08:00 Mallow/Cork service to start from Charleville at 07:45, operating at existing time of 08:00 from Mallow, arriving in Cork at 08:22
4 Later last service to Waterford Driver resources not available for implementation for December 2022.
IÉ in conjunction with the NTA will continue to investigate possibilities of operating later evening services on all InterCity routes.
5 Later last services to Cobh Midleton ADDRESSED: An extension of operating hours, with later last services, has been provided in this timetable to both Cobh and Midleton. Further options for even later services will be considered for future timetable changes.
6 Reconsider proposed removal of 17:12 Connolly to Balbriggan ADDRESSED: Arising from feedback, it is now proposed that this service will remain.
This will result in the proposed 16:09 Connolly/Drogheda service not being introduced. Also the 17:58 Balbriggan/Pearse will remain unchanged and will now not commence from Drogheda at 17:48 as proposed.
7 Supportive of later evening Cobh Midleton services Noted
8 Supportive of earlier Ballina to Manulla Junction service Noted
9 Supportive of extra Kilcoole stops on Rosslare services Noted
10 Earlier first train Limerick to Ballybrophy, for connections to Dublin

Driver resources not available for implementation for December 2022.

IÉ in conjunction with the NTA will continue to investigate possibilities for implementation at a later stage

11 Later last service to Mayo sought

Driver resources not available for implementation for December 2022.

IÉ in conjunction with the NTA will continue to investigate possibilities for implementation at a later stage

12 Increase services on Waterford Line

Driver resources not available for implementation for December 2022.

IÉ in conjunction with the NTA will continue to investigate possibilities for implementation at a later stage

13 Weekend service on Phoenix Park Tunnel route (Newbridge/Hazelhatch to Grand Canal Dock)

Driver resources not available for implementation for December 2022.

IÉ in conjunction with the NTA will continue to investigate possibilities for implementation at a later stage

14 Supportive of additional Kilkenny stop Noted
15 Increase service on Waterford to Limerick Junction Line

Driver resources not available for implementation for December 2022.

IÉ in conjunction with the NTA will continue to investigate possibilities for implementation at a later stage

16 Later last train to Galway sought

Driver resources not available for implementation for December 2022.

IÉ in conjunction with the NTA will continue to investigate possibilities for implementation at a later stage

17 Later last train Cork to Charleville ADDRESSED: Proposed that the 20:25 Cork/Heuston would additionally serve Charleville at approx. 21:05.
18 Earlier first train to Cork

Driver resources not available for implementation for December 2022.

IÉ in conjunction with the NTA will continue to investigate possibilities for implementation at a later stage

19 Increase service on Limerick to Galway

Driver resources not available for implementation for December 2022.

IÉ in conjunction with the NTA will continue to investigate possibilities for implementation at a later stage

20 Increase service on Westport line

ADDRESSED: Additional 07:08 Athlone/Westport is being introduced in this timetable, however no further increase is possible for December 2022.

This will be kept under review throughout 2023 to determine when it could potentially be delivered.

21 Later last train on Rosslare line

 

An option for a later service to Gorey at 20:00 approx from Connolly (Mon-Fri) is being examined as an utmost priority with implementation at the earliest opportunity in 2023.

IÉ in conjunction with the NTA will continue to investigate possibilities of operating later evening services on all InterCity routes.

22 Improve timetable for commuters on Nenagh Line ADDRESSED: 15 minute journey time improvement being delivered.
23 Increase service frequency on Nenagh Line

Driver resources not available for implementation for December 2022.

IÉ in conjunction with the NTA will continue to investigate possibilities for implementation at a later stage

24 Improve connections to/from Nenagh trains Current 10:05 Ballybrophy/Limerick service with a conection from the 09:00 Heuston/Cork service has been advanced to 09:05 Ballybrophy/Limerick with a connection from the 08:00 Heuston/Cork service. This alterations has been applied based on feedback from the consultation process.
25 Increase Phoenix Park Tunnel service to Sallins

Driver resources not available for implementation for December 2022.

IÉ in conjunction with the NTA will continue to investigate possibilities for implementation at a later stage

26 Not happy with earlier 06:50 Waterford/Heuston The only option to currently provide an additional morning service from Kilkenny to Dublin is by having the 07:00 Waterford/Heuston to serve Kilkenny. As a result an advancement of 10 minutes from Waterford is required so as not to effect the arrival time into Dublin Heuston.
Additionally a greater number of feedback was received which was in favour of the Kilkenny stop (see 14 above).
27 Additional midday train on Nenagh Line

Driver resources not available for implementation for December 2022.

IÉ in conjunction with the NTA will continue to investigate possibilities for implementation at a later stage

28 Later last train to Portlaoise

Driver resources not available for implementation for December 2022.

IÉ in conjunction with the NTA will continue to investigate possibilities for implementation at a later stage

29 Newbridge in Short Hop Zone Fares regulation issue, for NTA
30 Additional train Newbridge to GCD between 07:27 and 08:10 Currently not possible due to a lack of track capacity in the City Centre area at the time of the morning.

 

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