Iarnród Éireann has published new proposed rail timetables, which includes extra services from several routes and improved journey times on the Nenagh line.

The rail company, in conjunction with the National Transport Authority, is planning to implement timetable alterations from 11 December.

Extra services are proposed for Newbridge, Hazelhatch, Mayo, Carlow, Kilkenny, Tullamore and Kilcoole.

There are additional train services planned from the commuter belt, which includes services to and from Newbridge, Hazelhatch and Kilcoole, and extra services to and from Mayo, Carlow and Tullamore, as well as journey time improvements on the Limerick to Ballybrophy line, which travels through Nenagh.

The company has published details of the proposed schedule and has invited the public to submit feedback in advance of the new timetable being finalised.

The consultation survey is open until Sunday 2 October.

Iarnród Éireann and the National Transport Authority will review all suggestions received.

"We have identified opportunities for service improvements in the context of post-Covid travel patterns, as demand recovers strongly," an Iarnród Éireann spokesperson said.

"We encourage all current customers and all considering rail for their sustainable travel options to review the proposed changes, and give us their feedback, as we finalise the new schedule."

The changes include:

  • 12 more off-peak Commuter services between Newbridge and Heuston Station
  • Extra services between Hazelhatch and Grand Canal Dock, via Phoenix Park Tunnel on weekdays
  • An earlier first services between Dundalk/Drogheda and Pearse Station on weekdays, with the service also extended to Grand Canal Dock
  • More services to call at Kilcoole on Rosslare Europort/Dublin Connolly services
  • A new return mid-morning service between Heuston Station and Carlow on weekdays
  • A 15 minute reduction in journey times on the Limerick - Ballybrophy route
  • A new 7:08am Athlone-Westport service Monday to Friday providing a service for regional commuters along the line.

More information on all proposed changes can be found on the Irish Rail website.