New train services to benefit Mayo commuters

Mayo Fine Gael TD, Alan Dillon, welcomes the proposed enhancements to the Iarnród Éireann timetable, emphasising the benefits it will bring to the residents of Mayo

Deputy Dillon said, “from the 10th of December 2023, Iarnród Éireann, in collaboration with the National Transport Authority, will introduce new schedules across several Intercity and Commuter routes. These changes, notably the addition of services to/from Westport, are projected to provide commuters, families, and businesses in Mayo with more travel options, boosting connectivity and accessibility.


The Fine Gael TD  said, “The additional service from Westport to Athlone and the connection from Ballina to the new Athlone-Westport evening service are commendable steps towards improving the region’s transportation network. These new routes will greatly benefit our Mayo constituents, enhancing mobility and potentially boosting local tourism and business.”


Key Proposed Timetable Enhancements for Mayo:

  • The new 16:20hrs service from Westport to Athlone from Monday to Saturday, which aligns with connections to/from Dublin Heuston at Athlone.
  • The 21:08hrs evening service from Athlone to Westport, further expanding the options for Mayo residents.
  • The new connection from/to Ballina linked to the 21:08hrs Athlone to Westport.
  • The above improvements, along with the additional services introduced across Cork, Carlow, Portlaoise, and Mallow, emphasise Iarnród Éireann’s commitment to enhancing Ireland’s rail network.

Deputy Dillon added, “I encourage everyone in Mayo and beyond to review the proposed timetable and provide feedback. Your insights will ensure that the finalised schedules are truly reflective of the community’s needs. I will continue to beat the drum in Dail Eireann and on the Oireachtas Transport committee which I am a member for enhanced transport services in our county. The recent announcement of Citylink/GoBus new express service starting on the 25th September will seamlessly connect Castlebar, Claremorris, Tuam, Athlone, Dublin City, and Dublin Airport is a huge win for Mayo commuters and this news from Irish is another boost for the people of the west.

The public consultation is now open. Feedback is invited for all routes, regardless of whether changes are proposed.

For further details on the proposed changes and to submit feedback, please visit the Iarnród Éireann website.