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Unread 27-09-2014, 18:20   #29
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Good to see 14 is back to.

Not really relevant to this threat (new one?) but it still poses a big question of when the 22's go to Belfast and the major impact to services could very easily require at least 2 more Mark IV in service.

At all times at least 2 FC sets will be needed in Connolly, 1 operating and 1 spare/close by combined with the very likely possibility that 8 coach will be needed at busy times (ie Friday).

The FC sets are in high demand and operate as all STD on many routes so losing two will cause big issues as 4 coach will be to small and there won't be enough 6/7 units available to make up the shortfall while 8 coach units are limited to Cork and possibly Limerick (which would never need 8 sets)

A fifth Mark IV will free up 1 FC set and a sixth will have minimal effect unless it was scheduled on another route such as Limerick. Either that or we may need to see some 4 coach sets being increased to 5 and the number of 3 coach units being increased as a result. I could possibly see them favoring changes to 22 than increasing Mark IV if they had to. Then again possibly a very long shot, NIR may step in on busy days to very unlikely imo.

I'm thinking IE hadn't planned on bringing a fourth Mark IV back at this time and will have some big decisions to make in the coming months.

Passenger numbers must be doing well which is a positive.
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