Better journey times between Cork/Limerick and Dublin from 10th December
Iarnród Éireann has advised customers that a number of changes to its timetables across all routes will take effect from Sunday 10th December.
Customers are advised to check times before travel as there have been minor changes to departure and arrival times on many services, including both earlier and later departure times, and including intermediate stations.
Journey time improvements of between 3 and 10 minutes to services on the Dublin Heuston to Cork route, following line improvement works
Journey time improvements of between 2 and 12 minutes between Limerick and Dublin (including via Limerick Junction) following line improvement works, and Limerick Station signaling and platform works
Journey time improvements of between 2 and 6 minutes to services between Portlaoise and Dublin Heuston, following line improvement works
Minor changes to departure times on routes in the Dublin area (including DART, Northern Commuter, Maynooth/M3, Kildare, and Grand Canal Dock to Newbridge) to improve punctuality
Sundays only 08.20 Limerick to Heuston; 11.30 Portlaoise to Heuston; 18.25 & 19.25 Heuston to Limerick will all stop additionally at Monasterevin
Customers should particularly note the following services on the national network which will depart earlier than at present:
05.40 Longford to Dublin Pearse is advanced to depart at 05.35
09.45 Limerick Junction to Waterford is advanced to depart at 09.40
15.30 Heuston to Portlaoise is advanced to depart at 15.25
17.25 Limerick to Ballybrophy via Nenagh is advanced to depart at 17.20
Sundays only 09.40 Limerick to Limerick Junction is advanced to depart at 09.30
Sundays only 20.50 Cork to Mallow is advanced to depart at 20.45
Iarnród Éireann plans a further timetable revision in the first half of 2018 to enhance DART frequency, off-peak Maynooth services and other changes, subject to a full public consultation process, and the approval of the NTA.
Kildare line added to late night DART & Commuter service this Christmas
Late night DART and Commuter services are back from Friday 8th December on the weekends in the run-up to Christmas, and after Dublin’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.
For the first time ever, commuters on the Kildare commuter line will have late-night services from the heart of the city centre, with Pearse Station to Kildare services operating via the Phoenix Park Tunnel line. This is in addition to services for all stations on the DART, and Dundalk and Maynooth commuter lines.
Late night DART and Commuter services are part of a range of late night public transport services available this Christmas season. Full details of all public transport late night services are available from Transport for Ireland at www.transportforireland.ie .
The full schedule of DART and Commuter services is as follows (New Year's Eve details will be confirmed shortly):
Friday 8th & Saturday 9th December
Friday 15th & Saturday 16th December
Friday 22nd December
00.30 & 01.30 from Pearse serving all stations to Howth
00.30 & 01.30 from Connolly serving all stations to Greystones
00.40 & 01.40 from Pearse serving Tara St, Connolly, and all stations from Howth Junction toDundalk
00.20 & 01.55 from Pearse serving all stations to Maynooth
23.50 & 01.50 from Pearse serving all stations to Drumcondra, and all stations from ParkWest to Kildare (NEW for 2017)
Fares will be charged at normal rates, meaning customers can use Leapcard and buy cash fares for the best value Christmas travel option.
Furthermore, weekly, monthly and annual season tickets are valid on late night services, so season ticket holders will be able to use the services at no extra charge.
Late night services will have security personnel on board to ensure customer safety.
A spokesperson for Iarnród Éireann said “we’re looking forward to running late night DART and Commuter services this Christmas and New Year. We’re delighted to be expanding the service to include the Kildare line, with departures from Pearse meaning a direct link from the city centre for customers via the Phoenix Park Tunnel for their late night service home. Having had a hugely successful first year of operation, this is an added benefit for customers who have used the line, and for new customers to try out the service.”