News has just reached us that Irish Rail are restoring the link between Stena’s ferry service from Fishguard to Rosslare, and the onward rail connection to Wexford and Dublin.
From Tuesday June 4th, instead of the evening rail departure leaving before ferry passenger can catch it, the service will be retimed so that afternoon ferry passengers can make the connection.
Lawrence Hourahane flagged up the welcome development to Fishguard Trains, earlier this evening (thanks Lawrence), and Bernard Allan passes on further useful detail –
19.15 ex Rosslare Europort InterCity train. Arrives Dublin Connolly 22.17. Serves the usual stations en route. Will run M-S inclusive.
On Sundays 19.00 Rosslare Europort to Bray InterCity, arriving 21.15. Change there to a DART (that’s the green electric trains that run around Dublin Bay). Arrive Dublin Connolly 22.12.
No one yet knows the reason for the change at Bray, but that’s no great problem – DART trains get you straight to many parts of the Irish capital, so changing there may be as convenient as changing at Connolly.
Apparently the reason for the Tuesday start of the newly timed service is that Monday 3rd is an Irish Bank Holiday.
There’s no doubt about it: this is tremendous news. With this single timetable correction, the southern Rail-Sail link from Wales to Ireland has been substantially restored. Now let’s look forward to a reopening of the Rosslare – Waterford line.
Fishguard Trains congratulates everyone who has taken an interest and raised questions about the issue. We look forward to hearing in due course, how the nonsense of the disconnected service was challenged and overcome.