Late-night commuter services for the Christmas period

Sally Dobie

Iarnród Éireann plan to run late-night DART and Commuter services throughout the Christmas holidays.

The services will commence on Friday the 6th December, and will run every Friday and Saturday night up until December 21st. The DART and Commuter Services will also run on New Year’s Day on a Sunday timetable.

A spokesperson for Iarnród Éireann said they were “delighted” to begin the services, and said “the trains will once again be hugely popular with late-night partygoers who can save on expensive taxi fares.”

The company also said there will be security personnel on board the late-night trains to ensure customer safety.

DCU student Emily Whyte said although it is good they are providing security on-board the train, platforms could be dangerous late at night.

“I think it would be very useful for saving money,” said Whyte, “because the price of a taxi home to anywhere near a DART station can be up to €20 or more, but there’d be an issue with once you get off the DART.”

Whyte said her local DART station is not well-lit, and after dark there are sometimes teenagers who hang around outside the station.

“Even if there’s security on the DART that doesn’t guarantee once you get off the DART that there won’t be any hassle, and I’d be more worried about that because if you get a taxi at least you have the safety of going right to your home instead of walking from the station.”

DART services will depart from Connolly Station at 00:30 and 01:30 serving all stations to Greystones, and from Pearse Station at 00:30 and 01:30 serving all stations to Howth.

The Maynooth Commuter service will have departures from Pearse Street at 00:20 and 01:55, and the Dundalk Commuter with run services at 00:40 and 01:40 from Pearse to Tara and Connolly and all stations from Howth Junction to Dundalk.

The Kildare Phoenix Park Tunnel service will depart from Pearse at 23:50 and 01:50 serving Tara Street, Connolly, Drumcondra and all stations from ParkWest Cherry Orchard to Kildare.

Iarnród Éireann said the fares will be charged as normal rates, and weekly, monthly and annual season tickets will also be valid.

Between the 27th and the 31st of December normal services will operate on Intercity while Commuter services will operate on a Saturday timetable.

Sally Dobie

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