Irish Rail has issued a warning to its customers to book tickets in advance for the upcoming Easter Bank Holiday weekend, due to the extensive works that are scheduled to take place across a number of routes. These works will affect passenger travel to Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Southside Dart, and Rosslare. Irish Rail is advising customers that a revised timetable will be in place on all routes, including DART, and to check times before travelling between Good Friday and Easter Monday. Prebooking is advised, particularly at the busiest times and during the times of major works.
DART works will begin on the Dún Laoghaire to Greystones service on Saturday, April 8th, until Easter Monday. A series of works, including overhead line renewal, level crossing, and station works, will take place. As a result, DART services between Dún Laoghaire and Greystones will be suspended. However, Dublin Bus and Go Ahead will accept rail tickets on relevant services. Dublin Connolly to Rosslare Europort Intercity will involve bus transfers between Dublin Connolly and Greystones. While a revised Dart schedule will run throughout the weekend. On Easter Monday, this includes a Sunday service on Howth/Malahide to Dun Laoghaire DART services, and other commuter routes.
There will be “major works” on the Portlaoise to Thurles service from 2.30 pm on Good Friday until the morning of Easter Monday as a result of track and bridge renewal works. A revised timetable will operate between Dublin Heuston and Cork, Tralee, and Limerick with bus transfers between Portlaoise and Thurles in both directions. Advance booking is essential during these times.
Due to works by Translink between Portadown and Belfast, bus transfers will operate between Newry and Belfast on Dublin/Belfast Enterprise services. Revised times on all routes can be found at www.irishrail.ie or the Iarnród Éireann app.
It is important to note that the Easter Bank Holiday weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for Irish Rail. Therefore, customers are advised to book their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. As the works are extensive and will affect several routes, passengers are urged to check the revised timetable before travelling. This will ensure that they arrive at their destination on time and with minimal disruption.
Irish Rail is committed to providing a safe and efficient service to its customers, and these works are necessary to maintain the rail infrastructure. The company apologizes for any inconvenience caused and thanks its customers for their patience and understanding during this time.