Rail Transport in Ireland - Republic of Ireland InterCity Routes - E

Rail Transport in Ireland - E

Republic of Ireland InterCity Routes

Manulla Junction (Foxford-Ballina or Castlebar-Westport)

The line is served primarily by a 22000 Class DMU on Dublin-Westport. On the Manulla Junction - Ballina section a 2800 Class diesel railcar operates. There are 3 services a day from Heuston to Westport and 5 From Westport to Heuston Monday to Thursday and on Friday the 07:35 Heuston to Galway goes to Westport and the 09:08 Athlone to Westport goes to Galway and then the 17:10 Heuston to Athlone is extended to Westport and there is 5 trains from Westport to Heuston. There is also 1 service daily from Athlone to Westport Monday to Thursday. Journey times range from 3 hours 6 minutes to 3 hours 44 minutes.

  • Dublin to Gorey/Rosslare Europort

Ireland Stations Served On This Line Are:

  • Dublin Connolly
  • Tara Street
  • Dublin Pearse
  • Dún Laoghaire Mallin
  • Bray Daly
  • Greystones
  • Kilcoole (limited service)
  • Wicklow
  • Rathdrum
  • Arklow
  • Gorey
  • Enniscorthy
  • Wexford O'Hanrahan
  • Rosslare Strand
  • Rosslare Europort

There are four end to end journeys in each direction Mondays to Fridays inclusive, the first of which from Rosslare Europort extends beyond Dublin to Dundalk. An early morning Gorey to Connolly commuter service which, on its evening return, extends to Wexford also operates. On Saturdays and Sundays there are three end to end journeys each way plus a Gorey to Dundalk Commuter service.

The 16:37 Dublin Connolly to Rosslare Europort Mondays to Fridays journey offers connectional opportunities into ships to Wales and France. Some peak services also stop at Lansdowne Road station as well and some services skip Kilcoole. This service has the slowest average speed at roughly 53 kilometres per hour. Services are either ICR's of 29000 commuter trains.

A resignalling project in Dublin increases the ability of Iarnród Éireann to run 12 to 20 trains per hour in both directions through the Howth Junction to Grand Canal Dock line, which caters for Howth DARTs, Malahide DARTs, Northern Commuter trains, Belfast Enterprise services, Sligo InterCity and Maynooth Commuter services, as well as other services in the Connolly to Grand Canal Dock area.

  • Dublin to Sligo

Ireland Stations Served On This Line Are:

  • Dublin Connolly
  • Drumcondra
  • Maynooth
  • Kilcock
  • Enfield
  • Mullingar
  • Edgeworthstown
  • Longford
  • Dromod
  • Carrick-on-Shannon
  • Boyle
  • Ballymote
  • Collooney
  • Sligo Mac Diarmada

All services are operated by 22000 Class railcars with a service every 2 hours until 7 pm. The first Sunday service from Dublin is operated by 29000 Class railcars. This returns from Sligo at 6 pm. Only peak services call at Drumcondra.

  • Cork to Tralee

Ireland Stations Served On This Line Are:

  • Cork Kent
  • Mallow
  • Banteer
  • Millstreet
  • Rathmore
  • Killarney
  • Farranfore
  • Tralee Casement

This is a three times daily service with two trains departing in the morning and one in the evening. The service is run by a 22000 Class.

Farranfore railway station connects with Kerry Airport.

  • Limerick to Waterford

Ireland Stations Served On This Line Are:

  • Limerick Colbert
  • Limerick Junction
  • Tipperary
  • Cahir
  • Clonmel
  • Carrick-on-Suir
  • Waterford Plunkett

The Limerick-Waterford route is the only true non-radial (from Dublin) route still open in Ireland that is not a branch line. The route was commenced in 1848 by the Waterford & Limerick Railway and completed in 1854.

Timetabling, as of 2019, requires passengers to change at Limerick Junction. There are two services per day, each way, with no service on Sundays or Public Holidays. Timetabled journey times vary between 2hrs35mins & 2hrs43mins.

  • Limerick-Ennis-Galway

Ireland Stations Served On This Line Are:

  • Limerick Colbert
  • Sixmilebridge
  • Ennis
  • Gort
  • Ardrahan
  • Craughwell
  • Athenry
  • Oranmore
  • Galway Ceannt

This service started 30 March 2010 with the reopening of the Ennis-Athenry line. Direct trains now travel from Limerick to Galway with the Ennis commuter services have been subsumed into these.

All of the new stations are unstaffed. Gort has two platforms with lifts, bridges, ticket machines and a loop while Sixmilebridge, Ardrahan and Craughwell have just one platform each. In Gort the signal cabin has been restored and relocated and there is a small depot for permanent way crew. This reopening was the Phase One of the reopening of the Western Rail Corridor. It involved the relaying of 58 km of track, rebuilding bridges, installation of signalling systems, level crossing upgrades and building the stations. The journey time between Limerick and Galway is just under 2 hours and there are 5 trains each way daily.

The line has seen some growth, with the Irish Times reporting that from 2013 to 2014, "the western rail corridor saw a 72.5 per cent increase from 29,000 to 50,000 journeys through the Ennis-Athenry section of the line", which was partly attributed to the introduction of online booking and promotional fares.

Rail Transport in Ireland Operation

Ireland Major Operators: Iarnród Éireann & NIR
Ireland Ridership: 50 million (Republic of Ireland, 2019)
15 million (Northern Ireland, 2017)

Ireland System Length:
Ireland Total: 2,733 km (1,698 mi)
Ireland Electrified: 53 km (33 mi)
Ireland Freight Only: 362 km (225 mi)
Ireland Track Gauge:
Ireland Main: 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Ireland Electrification:
1500 V DC   DART in Dublin

Ireland No. Stations: 147


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