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Going anywhere by train today? Expect delays

These are going to be issues with services on Saturdays throughout the summer.

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Correction: This article had originally stated that this was the first Saturday this has taken place. 

PLANNING ON HEADING anywhere by train from Dublin today?

Expect delays.

Iarnród Éireann will be carrying out improvement works on its Dublin to Cork line, and this in turn will have a knock on impact on services to and from Dublin’s Heuston.

Most regional services in and out of Dublin pass through the station.

These works will continue to take place on Saturdays throughout the summer.



What will change? 

On the Saturdays when the work is carried out the Cork to Dublin service will operate once every two hours and run with a higher capacity on the service – a reduction from its hourly service.

The same will also happen on the Dublin to Limerick service, connecting to and from all Cork services at Limerick Junction.

The Tralee – Dublin service will also run every two hours, connecting to and from all Cork services in Mallow.

On the affected Saturdays, the 9.20pm Heuston – Cork service will split at Limerick Junction, with coaches taking passengers onwards to their destinations in Cork and Limerick.

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The 8.55pm service from Cork to Heuston will travel to Portlaoise by train and take a bus transfer the rest of the way. This interruption affect passengers on the 9.05pm service from Limerick to Dublin also.

There will also be delays on services between Dublin and Galway, Westport, Waterford, Portlaoise and Kildare.  

What will this change?

In a statement, Irish Rail has said that it hopes the investment will allow trains to run at consistent speeds of 160 kph on the stretch between Hazelhatch and Portlaoise.

This will benefit train times for services running to Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

Works will not be taking place on Saturdays of major events or during peak tourism and sporting season in August.

Travelling through by train today? You can check what delays to expect on Iarnród Éireann’s website here. 

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