New Intercity Fleet Arrives
March 6th 2007
The first of 12 new Intercity Railcars was placed on the rails in Dublin Port this morning. These 12 coaches are destined for the Sligo line with a further 171 similar coaches due to be delivered between now and 2009. These railcars will take over all intercity services except for Dublin Cork and Dublin Belfast. Hopefully they will prove to be more reliable and comfortable than the last batch of intercity coaches.
Rail Users Ireland has long sought the use of proper comfortable trains on the Dublin Sligo line and has condemned the use of slow uncomfortable suburban trains, the fact the first batch of these coaches will be allocated to the Sligo line marks a great day for passengers as Iarnród Éireann have been forced to admit that the trains provided currently are unsuitable and prioritise there replacement.
As always Rail Users Ireland is first with the news and has the very first photo of the new intercity fleet in Ireland.
After commissioning in Drogheda the new trains will hopefully enter service on the Sligo line in late Summer. Rail Users Ireland as always will keep a close eye on this process as to ensure passengers are not forced to suffer a repeat of the difficulties experienced when the new Cork train was introduced last year.