Further Level 5 restrictions: Revised timetable to operate on Iarnród Éireann network from Monday 11th January

Iarnród Éireann has advised customers that, following the further level 5 restrictions announced by Government, a revised and reduced schedule will operate across the rail network from Monday 11th January, approved by the National Transport Authority. The revised schedule reflects significantly reduced demand, and will ensure service continuity and resilience for essential workers and carers who must travel.

Additionally, to effectively manage the 25% capacity available for use, the requirement to pre-book Intercity travel, in place over the Christmas and New Year period, is extended until further notice.

Customers are also reminded that, under current COVID-19 measures:

  • Only those travelling for essential purposes should travel by rail or other public transport
  • The wearing of face coverings is mandatory on board and in stations
  • Those whose travel is essential should avoid using cash wherever possible
  • We are continuing to implement enhanced cleaning and sanitisation measures on trains and at stations, with a focus on customer touchpoints
  • Catering services remains suspended on board Intercity, and alcohol is prohibited on all trains

Revised schedule from Monday 11th January

From Monday 11th January, a revised and reduced schedule will operate across the Iarnród Éireann network. 

Customers for whom travel is essential should check all times before travel at www.irishrail.ie , but in summary, service arrangements will be as follows:

DaysRouteService details
Mon-SatDARTSaturday schedule
Northern CommuterSaturday schedulePLUS 06:30hrs Dundalk to Connolly
Maynooth/M3 CommuterSaturday schedulePLUS 06:15hrs Longford to Connolly
Heuston Commuter (including Phoenix Park Tunnel)Revised and reduced schedule
Cork CommuterRevised and reduced schedule
Heuston Intercity routes (Dublin to Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Galway, Westport/Ballina, Waterford)Revised and reduced schedule
Dublin Connolly to Sligo / RosslareRevised and reduced schedule
Dublin Connolly to BelfastNormal schedule
Limerick to Limerick JunctionNormal schedule
Limerick to Ennis/GalwayRevised and reduced schedule
Limerick to Ballybrophy (via Nenagh)Services suspended
Waterford to Limerick JctnServices suspended
DaysRouteService details
SundayDART, Northern Commuter, Maynooth/M3 Commuter, Cork CommuterNormal Sunday schedule
 Heuston CommuterNormal Sunday schedule with minor alterations
 IntercityNormal Sunday schedule on all routes, except some cancellations on:·         Dublin-Limerick·         Dublin-Galway·         Dublin-Westport·         Dublin-Waterford·         Dublin-Sligo·         Limerick-Ennis
 Limerick to Ballybrophy (via Nenagh)Services suspended

Mandatory requirement to pre-book Intercity travel extended until further notice

To effectively manage the 25% capacity available for use, the requirement to pre-book Intercity travel, which was successfully implemented over the Christmas and New Year period, will be extended until further notice.

Pre-booking Intercity travel will ensure the available 25% capacity on Intercity services is effectively managed, providing rail customers with a safe and sanitary travelling environment over the Christmas and New Year period.

Intercity travel can be pre-booked at www.irishrail.ie along with further information, and customers are advised:

  • Please only book Intercity journeys if your travel is absolutely essential
  • Holders of existing tickets (e.g open returns, season tickets, DSP free travel) can also pre-book their Intercity reservations during these dates at no charge via www.irishrail.ie or at 1850366222
  • Seating will be unassigned, and customers are asked not to sit in seating designated as restricted, to ensure appropriate distancing

Iarnród Éireann thanks customers for their continued cooperation and overwhelming compliance with measures in place during COVID-19.

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