While Iarnród Éireann say the majority of Longford services will remain the same, they have announced a number of changes in the new rail timetable that will come into effect from Monday 20th January next, including the cancellation of two services and the amalgamation of two other trains.
The 17:35hrs Bray to Longford (departs Connolly at 18.18hrs) will now terminate in Maynooth. Iarnród Éireann statistics show that numbers travelling west of Maynooth on this service are very small. A service 13 minutes earlier, the 18:05hrs Connolly to Sligo service, which serves Longford, will have increased capacity. The 21.05hrs Longford to Connolly service will also be cancelled.
In addition the 07:05hrs & 09:05hrs Connolly to Sligo services will be amalgamated to provide a service at 08:05hrs, and the 17:05hrs & 19:05hrs Sligo to Dublin services will be amalgamated to provide a service at 18:05hrs.
In total, Longford/Dublin frequency will be reduced from 11 trains each way daily to nine trains each way daily, and Longford/Sligo frequency will be reduced from 8 trains each way daily to 7 trains each way daily.
Iarnród Éireann advises all customers on all routes to view the draft schedules, as many services will see departure time changes, or changes to stopping patterns of individual changes which may affect their journeys.
A spokesperson for Iarnród Éireann said: “These changes are being proposed to maintain the vast majority of services while reducing operating costs. The online public consultation is in place to ensure we get the widest possible level of feedback. We would encourage all customers on these routes to take a few minutes to look at their route and the proposed changes, and to let us know what they think – whether they are completely happy with the schedule we are proposing, or whether it creates difficulties for them. Proposed changes to Heuston routes will be posted on our website in the coming weeks.”
Full information is available for customers at www.irishrail.ie Downloadable PDFs of the timetable are available online and route flyers will shortly be available at your local station