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Unread 12-03-2018, 19:26   #2
Mark Gleeson
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Mk4 are for Dublin Cork only, not certified or equipped for use in Northern Ireland, hourly service would need 6 sets at least for Dublin Belfast plus spare, so 3 on top of current, funding is shared with NIR so it is complex to get any improvement as both parties have to share 50:50

Dublin Cork requires all 7 sets + 1 spare to run the timetable, 6 are used currently, the 7th set will have to go into regular use to replace a ICR's to free them up for other routes

9 coach ICR is permitted and has been used many times, 8 coach sets are regularly used Dublin Cork but are good for most routes. Dublin Sligo has a limit of 7, Waterford has a limit of 6, Rosslare 5 (but is typical only 4 timetabled)
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