Irish Rail proposes introduction of new morning train service from Dublin to Cork

By Stephen Porzio

September 13, 2023 at 5:09pm

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It is just one of several planned timetable changes for later in the year.

Irish Rail has proposed the introduction of a new morning train service from Dublin to Cork.

In conjunction with the National Transport Authority, Irish Rail is planning to implement several alterations to its timetable from 10 December 2023.

The company has published details of the proposed schedule and is now inviting the public to submit feedback in advance of the finalisation of the new timetable.

Among the highlights of the planned new timetable is an additional morning service from Dublin to Cork between Mondays and Fridays, which would leave Heuston Station at 6 a.m. to arrive in Kent Station at 8:32 a.m.

This would be of great benefit to those commuting from Dublin to Cork, giving them the option to arrive by train in the latter before 9am.

Irish Rail proposes new morning training service from Dublin to Cork.

The other new services proposed are outlined below:

  • Additional 12:20hrs Dublin Heuston to Carlow and 15:15hrs Carlow to Dublin Heuston service daily (Monday to Friday)
  • Additional 16:20hrs Westport to Athlone and 21:08hrs Athlone to Westport service daily (Monday to Saturday), providing connections to/from Dublin Heuston at Athlone
  • Connection from/to Ballina to the new 21:08hrs Athlone to Westport above
  • Significant expansion to Heuston to Portlaoise Commuter Sunday services, with eight additional Commuter services from Portlaoise to Heuston, and seven from Heuston to Portlaoise, extending existing Heuston/Kildare services; there will also be additional stops on a number of Heuston/Cork services at Portlaoise, to connect with these Commuter services
  • Morning peak service each way between Cork and Mallow, operating at 07:20hrs Cork to Mallow, and 07:50hrs Mallow to Cork
  • Additional 12:20hrs, 13:27hrs and 14:20hrs Dublin Connolly to Drogheda, and 11:40hrs and 12:40hrs Drogheda to Dublin Connolly services (Mon to Fri)

Irish rail proposes the opening of a Dublin train station that has never been used.

On top of this, Irish Rail also proposed to add stops to some of its already existing services and stated that Kishoge Station - a Dublin train station that was built in 2009 but never opened - is planned to come into service in 2024.

"Kishoge Station will open in 2024 with local Heuston and Phoenix Park Tunnel services serving this station. This timetable has made provisions in train timings for the future opening of this station at Kishoge," the railway company said.

To learn more details about the proposed timetable amendments and to submit comments and suggestions about them, visit Irish Rail's website right here.

The public will be able to make submissions until Wednesday, 27 September.

This article originally appeared on JOE

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