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Thomas J Stamp
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Published on Wednesday 4 July 2012 15:45

THE Ballybrophy rail line that serves towns from Ballybrophy to Limerick is to get an extra train service during July because of engineering works on between Limerick and Limerick Junction.

The new service was welcomed by Dr Duncan Martin, PRO of the Nenagh Rail Partnership, who said that if enough people used this temporary service, the group would press Iarnród Éireann to make it permanent. Local tourism interests should make use of it to attract visitors to the area, some of whom would be attracted by the novelty of the service, he said.
“The new direct train service from Dublin will leave Heuston at 1340h and might be ideal for someone returning from a morning shopping trip or hospital appointment, for someone from Dublin traveling to North Tipperary, or, indeed, for anyone needing to get to Limerick from North Tipperary,” he said.
The service will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only throughout July. It will arrive Ballybrophy at 1455, where it will reverse on to the Nenagh line, so there’s no need to change trains, then Roscrea at 1534, Cloughjordan 1552, Nenagh at 1608, Birdhill at 1632, Castleconnell at 1645 and Limerick at 1705.
Dr Martin also pointed out that a computer glitch on the railway website was causing these trains to appear as “fully booked”, so tickets probably cannot be booked online. However, Irish Rail management had assured the NRP that there will be plenty of space. Tickets can be booked on the day of travel, either at the booking office or, for unstaffed stations, on the train (cash only). Return tickets will also be valid.
Dr Martin said that the service will be operated by one of Iarnród Éireann’s newest Intercity Rail Cars, ensuring a smooth and comfortable ride. He suggested that parents might like to take their children for a short outing on the ICR, even if only for a couple of stations down the line and returning by one of the regular evening trains and suggested that Castleconnell would be an ideal destination for an afternoon trip.
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