A spokesperson for Irish Rail has confirmed to Boyletoday.com that yesterday’s additional 18.21 hours train from Carrick-on-Shannon to Dublin was a “once off to cater for increased demand on our services and heavy loadings from Carrick to Dublin”.
Many commuters had contacted this website enquiring why the service commenced in Carrick and not Boyle or Sligo.
The spokesperson said that no decision had yet been made to have the additional service in use every Sunday and that yesterday, October 19th, there was an additional train operated also on the Claremorris to Heuston line to deal with “extra demand”.
The spokesperson added ” it will not operate on the Sunday of the public holiday weekend”
Overcrowding on the Dublin to Sligo line at peak times on Friday’s and Sunday’s has been a bone of contention with commuters for a number of years now, with many hoping an additional train would alleviate the problem.