Irish Rail has warned passengers of sudden changes to three Galway services on Tuesday due to the disruptive weather conditions caused by Storm Nigel. The affected services on the Galway to Dublin Heuston line will have reduced capacity for Tuesday only. This includes the 5:25am service from Galway to Dublin, the returning train at 9:25am from Dublin, and the lunchtime service departing Galway at 1pm.
However, there is some good news for Galway commuters as Irish Rail recently announced two additional services on the Galway to Dublin line “due to popular demand.” Starting this month, an extra service from Heuston Station to Galway will run from 9:40am on Fridays, with stops in Athlone and Ballinasloe before arriving in Galway around midday. Additionally, a 14:35 service from Galway to Heuston will run from September this year until May 2024.
These changes come after the draft review of the All-Island Rail Review was approved by the cabinet, highlighting the government’s commitment to decarbonize and improve the accessibility and frequency of the rail network. The plans aim to develop an electrified intercity network as well as hybrid, hydrogen, and electric rolling stock. It also proposes reestablishing rail connections in various parts of Ireland, including lines to Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Limerick Metropolitan Rail, and Cork Metropolitan Rail.
Implementing all the recommendations in the draft report is estimated to cost €36 billion, with Ireland covering 75 percent of the expenses. Minister Eamon Ryan emphasized the importance of investing in sustainable transport, public transport, and better regional transport. The vision outlined in the rail review aims to transform Ireland’s transport system and reduce emissions.
If the plans are realized, rail passenger numbers could double, contributing to a significant reduction in transport emissions. A consultation period is open for interested parties to provide feedback on the proposals before September 29th, 2023.
Sources: Irish Rail, Met Eireann