Monday, August 03, 2020

A full service on the Westport to Dublin rail line will be restored on Tuesday.

A full service on the Westport to Dublin rail line is to resume on Tuesday, the Western People can confirm.

In the height of lockdown, Irish Rail passengers in Mayo only had a choice of three daily services to and from the capital but a timetable with five journeys each way resumes this week.
A number of additional stops, closer to Dublin, will also be included on the Mayo route.

The introduction of mandatory face coverings on public transport has seen Irish Rail increase its capacity on the line from 15% during lockdown to 50%.
The increase in capacity coupled with a demand for staycations along the western seaboard has seen passenger figures on the Mayo route, servicing Westport and Ballina, at 40% of normal levels.
During lockdown passenger numbers were less than 5% of usual figures.

Irish Rail has been gradually restoring full service on its routes and while all pre-Covid-19 timetables have not been fulfilled company spokesperson Barry Kenny said he hopes to be back to business as usual by the end of August.
However, he had reminded people to only travel if their journey is essential and outside the busiest times where possible.
Last year saw a total of 605,000 passenger journeys on the Dublin/Mayo rail line, the highest figures ever recorded on the route.

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