Direct Dun Laoghaire London Train Service Finished

by Ro

Where have all the foot passengers gone?

Where have all the foot passengers gone?

The oldest named rail route in the world was the Irish Mail, running from Euston in London to Dun Laoghaire in south County Dublin via Holyhead. It was established in 1848.

In 2009, it ended; there is now no direct train service to London Euston via Holyhead, and no service at all in the opposite direction.

I have to travel regularly between London and Dublin, and several years ago I switched from flying to train and ferry from London Euston to Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire, which is just a short bus ride away from my destination in Dublin.

Not only is this better for the environment, and not very much longer door to door than flying, but much more pleasant than hanging around airports for hours.

The train is comfortable, the scenery beautiful..

I've been telling people for years to make the switch from budget flights.

As these flights become more and more expensive and less and less comfortable, and as people become more environmentally aware, the need for an alternative has never been greater.

Now that alternative has been taken away, and day trips between Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire are also gone, with implications for trade and commerce in those two great ferry ports.

Ferry journeys from Holyhead are now almost exclusively into Dublin Port.

Not only is this hugely inconvenient for foot passengers, unlike Dun Laoghaire ferry port which is right beside train and bus links, but it funnels lorries and cars into the already overcrowded streets in the centre of Dublin.

More short-haul flights, more road traffic in city centres.. Progress? I don't think so.
And, in my case, one fewer visitor to Holyhead, alas.

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Jun 09, 2015
It gets worse
by: Ro

Now Stena has stopped ferries into Dun Laoghaire port completely. The town of Dun Laoghaire is suffering - closed-down shops and a bit of a ghost-town impression throughout. Very sad.

Jun 09, 2015

Been concerned that this ludicrus decision might be implimented as already the connecting times with the train from Euston were to say the least stupid! ie boat leaves 5mins before train arrives!
This route was a wonderful, easy way of connecting London to Dublin and will be greatly missed.
I for one will now reconsider even bothering to go to Ireland at all as the whole proceedure has now become that more complicated.

Oct 27, 2014
Dun Loaghaire route finished. ??
by: Gina

Crazy - I completely agree that it's a much nicer way to travel - hardly any difference in time once you include traveling to the airport and the compulsory time you have to spend there! You arrive - still able to hear - with all the luggage you need and step straight onto a Dart train. Is there anything we can do to bring this back?

Jul 03, 2010
dun laoghaire london route closed??!! WHY?
by: D. Woodin

I have been looking for ages to try to use this route as it is so convenient. At last I have clarification of this mad decision to close it. What to do now? I suppose back the to expensive stressful, enviromentally unfriendly flying process. Thanks to the powers that be! Log me in as a protest vote.

Sep 16, 2009
Blame Stena or Virgin Trains?
by: Ro

Thanks for the comments on my original article.
I haven't checked recently, but I believe there still is a daily direct Holyhead-London Euston and vice versa service by Virgin Trains, it's just that Stena's sailing schedule doesn't fit in with it any more. Stena have never explained why they changed their sailing schedule, and have never explained why they are running down their services to Dun Laoghaire in favour of Dublin Port.

Sep 15, 2009
Awful News about Dun Laoghaire London Service
by: Sheila

I am very disappointed this service has finished as I live in London now, but visit my Mother who is 85 in Dun Laoghaire.

For years now I travel by the Euston Dun Laoghaire route (in Summer months) to visit her and she loves to meet me at the terminus.

The last journey I made I had to travel to Dublin Ferry Port, which made an awful journey getting to Dun Laoghaire via feeder buses and the Dart etc and an even worse one getting back!!! as I had to get there at 7.30 AM.

I feel this cutback in service effectively discriminates in particular against older people using the Dun Laoghaire ferry back and forth.

I don't know why Virgin Trains has discontinued the service as it always seemed full to me,(even with the trains lack of luggage space)appears to be a very silly idea - as it will force me to go by plane in future.

Apr 29, 2009
Make dun laoghaire ferry views heard
by: Anonymous

I complained to Stenaline and am planning to write a letter to Virgin Trains about this.

The response from Stenaline was that the decision made was due to the higher cost of oil!!

But if more people sent in their comments maybe this is something they will look at again or possibly Virgin will run an earlier train out of London Euston to meet the ferry which leaves Holyhead around 10.30am.

We can but try, as the journey into Dublin port is quite laborious!

Apr 21, 2009
Sad to see this service finished
by: Moira

I am so disappointed to discover the Euston to Dun Laoghaire via Holyhead /return service has finished.

It was so convenient as my family on the south side were quickly able to pick me up thus saving the long drive through town from the airport.

The trains were very comfortable and the ferry service pleasant.

Holyhead station area with a pleasant cafe was ideal to wait for connection.

The price was reasonable and it seems such a shame that when something is satisfactory it is discontinued.

Since my childhood I have frequently done this crossing as my father was employed by LMS railways at Euston and all summer holidays as children were spent in Ireland so I have done this trip so many times.

Now in my 70s I am very sad that this way of travelling is no longer possible.

What is the reason to end this journey?

Apr 15, 2009
Dublin Port to Dun Laoghaire
by: Ro

Jane from Canada asked about getting from Dublin Port to Dun Laoghaire - it's not very far, Jane, but getting from the Dublin Port ferry to public transport is inconvenient.

I believe there is a bus service which leaves passengers to the city centre.

You need to get the DART [Dublin Area Rapid Transit] train southbound, it leaves you right in the middle of Dun Laoghaire... right beside the ferryport in fact, which highlights the irritation caused by the withdrawal of direct services to Dun Laoghaire.

If you have to return to Dublin, it IS still possible to take a ferry from Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead, and get to London Euston around 9pm by train with one change at Crewe.

It's inconvenient and a bit slow, but is possible.

Apr 14, 2009
Dun Laoghaire Hotel, so what now?
by: Jane from Canada

Uh oh...We are going to Ireland from London in May. I have a hotel booked in Dun Laoghaire because the schedule said it stopped there. Now what? Is it far for us to go from the Dublin port to Dun Laoghaire?

Mar 27, 2009
dun laoghaire to london
by: Sean

this is not good. I loved going on the ferry from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire and then the nice train ride on the Dart up to Dublin, stopping at all those interesting stations including Lansdowne Road!

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