Last January it was widely reported in the media that the Nenagh to Ballybrophy rail line would be closed. This branch line had a meager two services each way per day to Dublin/Limerick, numereous speed restrictions were also imposed on the line due to the deterioration of sections of the track.
Recently the Minister for State in the Department of Transport Alan Kelly announced an increase from 4 to 7 on the number of trains running each day. The new timetable will mean that commuters can arrive in Dublin before 9am on direct early morning trains in a travel time of 2.20 hours, tickets are to cost from 26 Euros.
This is still just a small step to get commuters back using this line, there needs to be a major upgrade of track work and lowering of travel times, otherwise the bus will always win out.