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Thursday 8 December 2016

Commuter hell: Car, bus and a walk across city added an extra hour on my journey

Traffic Chaos at the M1 entrance to the Port Tunnel this morning after a Truck caught Fire in the Tunnel
Traffic Chaos at the M1 entrance to the Port Tunnel this morning after a Truck caught Fire in the Tunnel

What was meant to be one final routine journey to work ahead of the weekend turned into the commute from hell.

Cars, buses and trucks were brought to a standstill on the northside and in the city centre.

I myself was lucky in a sense, as I was only stuck in traffic for over two hours, or an extra hour, which is still frustrating.

My journey started from my home in Swords, just behind Dublin Airport at around 7.25am.

Luckily, I decided to take the car along the backroads to Newbury, because if I had taken the M1 as planned, I would still be sitting there until Monday.

Considering that half of Dublin's traffic hadn't moved for over an hour, my journey to Coolock village was straight forward with only slight delays.

However, it turned into a disaster once I began my journey by bus into town.

The Malahide Road had turned into a car park, and people were literally getting off the bus and walking towards Fairview, which takes about an hour to walk.

It shows just how bad the traffic was if people felt they would be quicker on foot.

We hadn't made any real progress by 8.25am, the time I would normally have arrived at the office.

One poor woman beside me had been on the bus for nearly two hours.

By about 9am we were close enough to town, and I decided to complete the rest of the journey on foot.

It was a wise choice to walk as the city's streets were blocked with buses and trucks.

I haven't seen as many trucks in Dublin's city centre in years, and we can all appreciate today how the Port Tunnel has helped keep traffic away from the city in the last few years.

At 9.35am I finally arrived at my office on Camden street, with the journey taking an extra hour.

The commute was an absolute nightmare.

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