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Irish Rail Waterford-Dublin Timetable Changes

  • 19-09-2022 8:11pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,079 ✭✭✭

    I see Irish Rail are proposing changing the time of the 7am Waterford to Dublin Commuter train to leave earlier so that it'll now stop in Kilkenny. As someone who moved back to Waterford during the pandemic and takes this train regularly when going to work in Dublin, I think this is a step backwards. If anything there should be more express trains from Waterford to Dublin, bypassing Kilkenny, especially at commuter times.

    They could mix it up by having some additional Kilkenny to Dublin services but that express train in the morning is great - 2 hours Waterford to Dublin stepping out onto the Luas at 9am, so don't go changing it would be my opinion on it. Anyway, they have a consultation form on the proposed changes, so just in case this affects anyone else who regularly takes this route, you can have your say here:


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,172 ✭✭✭914

    Presume it's more bums on seats by stopping in Kilkenny as you now will have people working in Kilkenny from Waterford and working in Dublin from Kilkenny will now have the option for the train.

    I see it's a 10 min earlier departure but still arriving in Dublin for 9am.

    • "07:00 hrs Waterford to Heuston will additionally serve Kilkenny at 07:28 hrs; train is advanced to 06:50 hrs from Waterford, but no change to arrival time in Heuston at 09:00 hrs as a result."

    Would love to see high speed trains in Ireland, the dream.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,079 ✭✭✭johnnykilo

    That's a busy train as it is, there's regularly no seats or even people standing by the time it reaches Carlow or Athy. So I don't know where all the people are going to go, unless they add on more carriages. Again, it goes back to my point though, if there's that much demand from Kilkenny just run a separate train.

    I know people might just say it's only 10 minutes, but it all adds up. Look at the billions they're spending on HS2 in the UK and while that will increase capacity on lines from London to the North, it's only going to knock 20 minutes off the journey.

    I was lucky enough to ride on the Maglev in Shanghai, fastest train in the world, top speed of 430KM an hour. Could do Waterford to Dublin in about 19 minutes 🤣 To quote Irish Rail "A lot done, more to do!"

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,849 ✭✭✭BBM77

    10 minutes early excluded. From a Waterford point of view who cares if it stops in Kilkenny, still arrives in Dublin at 9am, just 10 more minutes to have a rest when coming from Waterford. If the train is full when it reaches Kilkenny or Carlow that is their problem.

  • Registered Users Posts: 369 ✭✭GandhiwasfromBallyfermot

    Should have a lot more trains going between Waterford & Kilkenny to be honest. Two of the biggest urban areas in the southeast, there's a lot of people working in both Waterford & Kilkenny within the catchment area of that line. Re-opening the Mullinavat, Ballyhale, & Bennettsbridge stations in addition to Thomastown for a regular commuter train between Kilkenny & Waterford would be the dream. If the M9 wasn't there I think demand would be much higher.

  • Registered Users Posts: 35,767 ✭✭✭✭PTH2009

    hate seeing 'extra services to & From Dublin for matches/concerts' for the likes of Limerick, Galway, Cork,etc

    Where's we get **** all of that and instead have to endure Buses. Think Kilkenny-Waterford got a late night service for the Bob Dylan show a few years back but that was in July

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