There was no big increase in footfall on Irish Rail services across the West as the cap was lifted on public transport yesterday.

That’s according to Irish Rail spokesperson Jennifer Reilly, who says these services were busiest during the summer months for staycationers.

Irish Rail expects a phased increase on services from the West to Dublin and beyond as people return to college and the workplace.

Unions representing public transport workers are urging members to stick with 75 percent capacity on buses, trains and trams, despite its removal yesterday.

SIPTU and the National Bus and Rail Workers Unions say they've serious concerns about a return of "sardine like loadings" at peak times.

However, Jennifer Reilly of Irish Rail told Midwest News that they are working to ensure they can safely run their services.