Thursday 22 February 2018

Late-night DART service to operate over Christmas

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

A LATE-night DART service will be in place for Christmas, the first time in more than a decade.

Irish Rail plans to run trains across five nights, and the fares will remain the same as apply for normal services.

The decision was made following an online survey of customers which indicated “strong support” for an alternative to the late bus or a taxi home.

The trains will run on Friday the 13th, Saturday the 14th, Thursday the 19th, Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st of this month.

The 00.30 will depart from Pearse, serving all stations to Howth. The 00.35 will also depart Pearse, serving all stations to Malahide.

There will also be a 00.30 from Connolly serving all stations to Bray.

“Given the strong response from customers in our online survey, we hope this translates into people coming home from Christmas nights out on these convenient and great value travel options,” a spokesman said.

“If there is strong demand, we would then look at the possibility of expanding the service in future years, both in terms of frequency, and in terms of more destinations, such as Greystones on the DART and other commuter routes.”

Fares will be charged at normal DART rates, meaning customers can use Leapcard and buy cash fares for the cheapest Christmas travel option. 

Holders of weekly, monthly and annual season tickets will also be able to use the service at no extra charge.

All late night services will have security personnel on board. “We’re looking forward to running late night DARTs this Christmas,” the company added.

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