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Midleton line to open on 30 July 2009 - Irish Rail

  • 10-07-2009 10:57pm
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    Midleton line to open on July 30th by Corporate Communications

    Iarnród Éireann has confirmed that the new Cork-Midleton line will officially open to the public on Thursday 30th July.

    A day of celebration is planned, involving the local community and businesses, and travel on the new service will be free on that day.

    An initial introductory service will operate from Thursday 30th July to Bank Holiday Monday 3rd August inclusive, before the full commuter service begins on Tuesday 4th August.

    Physical work on the new line has been completed, following a €75 million investment in the infrastructure under the Government’s Transport 21 programme, part of the National Development Plan 2007-2013. Finishing works on station facilities are continuing, and driver training on the line is underway.

    A total of 21 trains each way will operate daily between Cork and Midleton, with services running every 30 minutes at peak times, and every hour at off-peak times, Monday to Friday. Seventeen trains each way will operate on Saturdays, and eight trains will operate each way on Sundays.

    Monday to Saturday Timetable

    From Cork: 06.15, 06.45*, 07.15, 07.45*, 08.15, 08.45*, 09.15, 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15, 17.15, 17.45*, 18.15, 19.15, 20.15, 21.15, 22.15

    From Midleton: 06.45, 07.15*, 07.45, 08.15*, 08.45, 09.15*, 09.45, 10.45, 11.45, 12.45, 13.45, 14.45, 15.45, 16.45, 17.45, 18.15*, 18.45, 19.45, 20.45, 21.45, 22.45

    * = Mon-Fri only

    Sunday Timetable

    From Cork: 08.15, 10.15, 12.15, 14.15, 16.15, 17.15, 18.15, 20.15

    From Midleton: 08.45, 10.45, 12.45, 14.45, 16.45, 17.45, 18.45, 20.45

    Journey details – Commuter service, and Intercity connections

    Journey time between Midleton and Cork will be 23-24 minutes, and all trains will serve the new stations of Midleton and Carrigtwohill, as well as Glounthaune, Little Island and Kent Station Cork.

    As well as offering a strong commuter service, the new Midleton timetable will offer excellent connections to the Cork-Dublin Intercity service, maximising the benefit of this new infrastructure.

    The infrastructure also offers the potential to expand services in the future to every 15 minutes, as demand increases.

    Each train will be a two-carriage commuter train, with capacity for 320 passengers, including seating for 129 passengers. Platforms have also been built to accommodate future expansion to four-carriage trains.

    Fares for Midleton customers to Cork will be:

    Adult Single: €4.40
    Adult Return: €6.50
    Adult Weekly: €26.00
    Adult Monthly: €92.00
    Adult Annual: €920.00

    Monthly and annual customers are reminded that employees of companies registered with the Taxsaver scheme are entitled to tax relief on the cost of commuter tickets, of up to 51%. Full details are available on

    Car park charges at Midleton and Carrigtwohill Stations will be:

    €2 per day

    €8 per week

    €30 per 4 weeks

    Midleton line project

    The €75 million investment in the Midleton line includes:

    - upgrading track on the previously disused Glounthaune to Midleton line, through provision of a single track with a passing loop at Carrigtwohill

    - providing a new signalling system

    - provision of two new stations at Midleton and Carrigtwohill, including extensive car parking facilities (340 spaces and 180 spaces respectively), lifts and footbridges

    - the replacement of a range of level crossings with bridges

    - other infrastructure work including bridge, boundary and drainage works


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