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Unread 07-11-2016, 17:11   #1
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I'm new to the forum and I'm sure this had probably been debated before but am wondering if there is anyway of registering interest in / lobbying for an earlier service into Cork (or is it just wishful thinking)?

I'm a recent convert to the train (traffic is getting too busy that back-ups at Dunkettle roundabout in Cork are too long to manage the commute daily) so I have the annual tax saver ticket from Limerick Junction to Cork. I am not alone in that there are some familiar faces on the first service with one common complaint that could really do with getting to the office earlier

Will the improvement works that will allow increased speed on the line lead to changes in the timetable soon and the possibility of an earlier arrival in Cork?

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Unread 07-11-2016, 20:11   #2
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Chances are very unlikely to not a chance.

IE won't touch the xx.00 departures from Heuston so it's a case of adding a 06.00. They wouldn't for example advance the 07.00 to 06.30 and compromise.

I'm sure they could be a good argument to scrap the 08.00 or even 10.00 (both low capacity and very quiet) and move it to 06.00. The problem is convincing IE could take years before they come around to seeing the advantages from a customer's point of view.

You will only likely see up to 10 minutes cut from the 07.00 so possibly an 09.25 arrival but as IE are very conservative with schedules I couldn't see it due before 09.30.
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Unread 07-11-2016, 20:18   #3
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This has been raised numerous times with Irish Rail

It would get us all to Limerick before 9 as well and provide a Limerick-Cork option as well as getting Charliville a morning commuter service

Curiously enough there has always been a plan for a 0600 it just doesn't run, the train code for the 0700 suggests it is the second train of the day from Dublin to Cork not the first
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Unread 08-11-2016, 09:03   #4
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How about a service that started in Limerick or in Thurles and got into Cork before 9am? The 08:00 ex Mallow doesn't appear to be a return from an ex-Cork train or a train that starts in Mallow, so could that be started from further up the line?

I know that many years ago (I would think around 2003) there was a train that started in Charleville, but it was canned after a year because it wasn't very successful, but times have changed since then and there is a lot more employment and students in Cork City Centre than there was back then.
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Unread 08-11-2016, 09:33   #5
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Thanks so much for the information - I think there is a lot of potential for a service to arrive in Cork earlier but unfortunately it sounds like it will take a lot to convince the powers that be on this.

As you say times have changed a lot over the past few years and with more jobs in Cork these days people are commuting from further afield. It crazy that the train doesn't arrive in earlier to give more options to commuters and also with the current schedule students can't use the service to get to college exams / lectures for a 10am start!

I've filled out those surveys on the train saying that an earlier service is badly needed but not sure how much consideration is given to that!
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With the new platform at the Junction, and using the 1700 express timings, an 0600 departure could serve the Junction at 0726, arrive Mallow at 0758 and assume the current Mallow commuter departure at 0800. This would put the first Dublin train in Cork at 0823 (although the timetablers would likely fudge it to 0825 at the earliest, especially if using Mark 4s).

I do think there is a case for Charleville as well given development pressure in the city, but would like to see the local authorities step up with more of a development notion near the (unfortunately remote from the current town centre) station than “a swathe of tarmac, a better access road, wait for the planning apps to roll in”, and ideally would be in conjunction with another minute or two shaved off permanent speed restrictions rather than make the 0800 Mallow departure unreliable.
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