Thursday 8 December 2016

Plan for Dart services every 10 minutes and earlier trains

Published 25/11/2015 | 02:30

The first Dart services would start to operate 40 minutes earlier in the morning under the new plan
The first Dart services would start to operate 40 minutes earlier in the morning under the new plan

Train services in the capital will leave stations before 6am in an effort to combat overcrowding, as part of a new plan from rail chiefs.

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Earlier trains and extra services are among the proposals that have been published by Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe and Irish Rail as part of a public consultation process, geared towards overhauling some of the busiest rail services in the north-east region.

The new proposals for 2016 are specifically for timetables of services that use Dublin's Connolly Station, and also include plans to run Dart trains every 10 minutes on weekdays.

The first Dart services would start to operate 40 minutes earlier in the morning under the new plan.

It would see the Malahide line begin at 5.50am as opposed to its current starting time of 6.30am.

Busy services from Co Louth will also be increased in frequency, and a new express service is being proposed which would depart from Dundalk at 7.55am and serve Drogheda 25 minutes later en route to the capital. The morning train to Dublin from Belfast will also stop in Dundalk at the earlier time of 7.30am and in Drogheda at 7.54am.

Mr Donohoe said this move came "in response to the greater demand that is there for public services" and would be made possible by Dublin's new signalling project which was announced as part of the Government's Capital Plan.

He also said Dart services in the Dublin area would be increased by about 20pc.

The consultation process opened online yesterday and will close on December 8.

Irish Independent

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