May 21, 2015

Irish Rail to launch non-stop Cork – Dublin service

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Irish Rail to launch non-stop Cork – Dublin service Phil Wormald

IRELAND's National Transport Authority has granted Irish Rail (IE) approval to launch a new non-stop inter-city service from Cork to Dublin Heuston, which will shave 15 minutes off the current fastest journey time.

The service will operate Mondays to Fridays, departing Cork at 06.15 with a journey time of 2h 15min. Currently the fastest services cover the 266km in 2h 30min with all trains stopping at Mallow and Limerick Junction.

Cork-Dublin is IE's busiest inter-city route and ridership increased more than 4% last year to 2.84 million.

Earlier this year IE launched a programme of track improvements on the line, focussing initially on the Hazelhatch – Portlaoise section. IE says the €10m project will deliver improved reliability and consistent 160km/h running on this stretch by the end of next year.

Ultimately IE hopes to implement further enhancements with the aim of reducing Cork – Dublin journey times to less than two hours.

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