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Unread 08-09-2008, 14:06   #1
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Monday 8th Septemer: Maynooth & Longford service cancellations by Corporate Communications

Iarnród Éireann advises passengers that due to operational difficulties the following Maynooth and Longford services are cancelled today, Monday 8th of September:

15.15hrs Pearse to Maynooth

16.04hrs Maynooth to Connolly

18.05hrs Connolly to Longford

Iarnród Éireann apologises for any inconvenience caused.
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Unread 08-09-2008, 14:24   #2
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There seems to be a lot of cancellations on the Sligo/Longford/Maynooth line these days. Whats the problem does anyone know???
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the usual driver issues
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the usual driver issues
The usual lack of drivers issue, due to the way things are rostered Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon are the at risk days. Curiously they spread the cancellations around as to ensure the (massaged) targets are always met
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A bit of advice for Clonsilla Coolmine and Castleknock passengers heading inbound from personal experience:

Clonsilla:
Trains to Connolly around that time are at 15:20, 17:20 and 17:30 (yes 2 hour gap!)
Trains to Docklands around that time are at 15:30, 16:11

Coolmine:
Trains to Connolly around that time are at 15:23, 17:07* and 17:33
Trains to Docklands around that time are at 15:33, 16:14

Castleknock:
Trains to Connolly around that time are at 15:26, 17:36
Trains to Docklands around that time are at 15:36, 16:17


Take the Docklands train if you can

* The 17:07 ex coolmine does not stop at clonsilla or castleknock and runs non-stop from coolmine to Drumcondra

This is all presuming there is no other shocks in store!

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This is getting ridicilous. It is easily happening once a week at this stage. They cancelled it on Wednesday last week but then decided it was just a platform alteration and the train ran on time.

It is obviously the same driver each time because it is always the 18.05 Connolly to Londford that is hit each time.
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Its not the same driver, its driven by one of about 100 drivers in Connolly who rotate around to ensure they drive all train types and all routes

The 18:05 just happens to be the easiest train to cancel since it has no return leg and doesn't cause a domino effect. Cancellations are always in the evening as they can no longer fill the gaps with other drivers due to working hour limitations. The roster is meant to ensure 2 days off for every 5 worked and to get them to fall on a weekend, hence Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon problems

Irish Rail deny there is problem and really there is not much we can do about it, we can't magically solve Irish Rail's staffing problem, thats there problem.
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Is there anything to stop the 4-coach from the 18:05 adjoining the 4-coach of the 18:08 to make it an 8-coach and running the 18:08 to Mullingar?

For overcrowding reasons.
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