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ThomasJ 10-09-2018 16:53

Unmitigated disaster!
 
I'm surprised that with Irish Rail proudly boasting about the new Dart timetable this morning on newstalk, noone has got on here to complain about what happened today. This included
    • Cancellations with DARTS tonight
    • 2 carriage DARTs operating
    • DART(s) terminating short due to lateness
    • Maynooth Bray departed late due to lateness of early morning Sligo train
    • Trains leaving early/late
    • People left behind on platforms

Awful awful day!

Dublin13 10-09-2018 19:41

Couple of people at Connolly gossiping tonight saying a few lads decided they were not going to work the new timetable today and that's why the services are cancelled and that there was a higher level of unserviceable rolling stock than expected - anything in this, or just rumour?

Inniskeen 11-09-2018 00:06

Lots of people left behind due to earlier departure of many services, particularly at Greystones and at various locations on the northern line.

Multiple 4 car sets in operation including two successive northbound departures from Pearse just before 1700.

Some trains from Drogheda already running on extended schedules due to the new TT were delayed by a further 10 minutes to give journey times of 72 to 73 minutes to Connolly.

Significant overcrowding on short formed services during morning and evening peak periods.

Connect times at Malahide of up to 40 minutes for onward trains to Donabate and beyond.

Essentially a vanity operation to produce fixed ten minute interval DART with consequent disruption to longer distance commuters, Belfast & Rosslare services and peak period DART users. Almost every train in the timetable slower by at least six minutes.

Operationally not quite as bad as it might have been as, on the whole, the timetable drafting is generally good despite relying on fantasy headways in some instances and the scheduled simultaneous occupation of the same platform at Malahide by trains in the opposite direction.

The much expanded use of the loop at Clongriffin worked well and somewhat reduced the journey time penalty for some northbound commuter and Enterprise services. Bi-directional working employed between Skerries and Balbriggan for the 1120 and 1900 to Belfast.

Jamie2k9 11-09-2018 10:37

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dublin13 (Post 79644)
Couple of people at Connolly gossiping tonight saying a few lads decided they were not going to work the new timetable today and that's why the services are cancelled and that there was a higher level of unserviceable rolling stock than expected - anything in this, or just rumour?

Yes some are not happy but no indication if they caused disruption yesterday, imagine moaning that there employer is making then drive within there total rostered hours....


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