Catering services are to return for the train route from Cork to Dublin, Iarnród Éireann have confirmed.
The national railway operator have announced that trolley service will be provided on selected trains on the Cork to Dublin route from early April.
These services will be provided by Carriage Food Services, a sister company of CCSL (N), who also provide catering services on board the Dublin - Belfast enterprises under a separate contract.
This service will also provide for most customers who travel to and from Kerry (changing at Mallow) and Limerick (changing at Limerick Junction).
Elsewhere, 50% of inter city customers will also have access to on board catering, including the Dublin-Belfast Enterprise.
"We have been as keen as our customers to see on-board catering resume, and are delighted to be in a position to do so with this interim provision. We also believe that the success of the interim service will ensure that some of the inflated costs being quoted for full catering provision across our Intercity network will be reduced through the full procurement process", a spokesperson said.
Iarnród Éireann have agreed to:
- proceed with a full procurement process for catering services across the Intercity network
- progress a pilot for catering vending machines on selected trains. If successful and progressed further, vending machines would be intended to be complementary to on board trolley services
- work to identify further opportunities to enhance station retail and catering facilities