Iarnród Éireann is putting on extra services on four of its main routes to cope with increased customer demand at weekends.
The extra trains will run from Friday to Sunday on the following routes:
- Heuston Cork
- Heuston Limerick/Ennis
- Heuston Tralee
- Heuston Galway
It comes after images on social media showed passengers crowded onto a train returning to Dublin last weekend.
One passenger said half the seats on the train were marked off for social distancing while passengers sat close together on the floor between carriages.
50% of the seats are marked off so that people can socially distance - yet every carriage corridor looks like this. Impossible to get to the toilet without being on top of one & other. I don’t mean to sound negative - but this is not right @IrishRail @MichealMartinTD pic.twitter.com/hGhP43Fj5l
— Holly Carpenter (@Holly0910) July 19, 2020
Iarnród Éireann said the special timetable that has run throughout the pandemic will continue to operate Monday through Thursday on all four routes.
Efforts to return to full services before the end of August are continuing.
It said it will continue to monitor passenger demand in the coming weeks to ensure there is enough capacity on all trains.
Passengers are urged to check IrishRail.ie before travelling. Face coverings are now mandatory on all public transport.