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Friday 9 December 2016

Dublin Gridlock: Port Tunnel Southbound lane reopens - but no sign of Northbound lane reopening

Commuter describes traffic chaos in Dublin's city centre

Traffic chaos at the M1 entrance to the Port Tunnel this morning after a truck caught fire in the tunnel (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
Traffic chaos at the M1 entrance to the Port Tunnel this morning after a truck caught fire in the tunnel (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
Traffic chaos at the M1 entrance to the Port Tunnel this morning after a truck caught fire in the tunnel (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
Traffic chaos at the M1 entrance to the Port Tunnel this morning after a truck caught fire in the tunnel (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
Traffic chaos at the M1 entrance to the Port Tunnel this morning after a truck caught fire in the tunnel (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
Traffic chaos at the M1 entrance to the Port Tunnel this morning after a truck caught fire in the tunnel (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
Traffic chaos at the M1 entrance to the Port Tunnel this morning after a truck caught fire in the tunnel (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
Traffic chaos at the M1 entrance to the Port Tunnel this morning after a truck caught fire in the tunnel (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
Traffic chaos at the M1 entrance to the Port Tunnel this morning after a truck caught fire in the tunnel (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
Port Tunnel

The South and North bores of Dublin's Port Tunnel have re-opened - and traffic around Dublin city has eased "significantly".

AA Roadwatch say congestion has started to ease following rush hour the opening up of both lanes.

Traffic was at a standstill across Dublin city earlier today following a blaze in the Port Tunnel.

At least ten units from Dublin Fire Brigade were called to the scene of the fire in Dublin’s Port Tunnel.

Both lanes in the tunnel were closed since early this morning - but the South bore reopened at approximately 10.30am, and the North bore was reopened at midday.

Although the fire was extinguished relatively quickly early this morning, traffic remained at a standstill throughout the northside of the city.

The incident took place after a truck caught fire travelling northbound through the tunnel shortly after 7am.

It is understood a man was taken to hospital as a precaution following the blaze.

The burnt out truck was later towed out of the tunnel shortly before 10am this morning. The driver's cabin of the HGV was completely destroyed.

Following the fire and knock on delays caused by the necessary closure of the Port Tunnel, Dublin City Council lifted the ban on HGVs travelling through the city for the morning period.

Dublin Bus reported that all drivers were notified of the Port Tunnel closure via an internal radio system on board.

Commuter Rachel Last told Independent.ie that it took her more than one hour to travel four miles.

She used both her car and a bus to try to get work in Dublin's city centre.

"I live in Swords - I used the back roads to get out when I left my home at 7.20am this morning.

"I then drove to Coolock to drop my son at my mother's before driving to the village where I got on a bus at 8am.

"We drove for five minutes on the Malahide Road. We are now stuck in traffic at the Marino Fairview junction. We have been stuck here for at least 20 minutes.

"I spoke to another woman on the bus and she has been on it since 7.25am.

"People are getting off the buses on the Malahide Road and are walking the two or three miles to the city centre to get work," she said.

Traffic update from AA Roadwatch

  • It's busy now exiting from the Port Tunnel onto East Wall Rd due to the volume of traffic exiting the tunnel.

  • Nearby then, on the North Quays then, it's slow on North Wall Quay heading into the city centre

  • The Clarehall Rd (R139) is easing between the M1/M50 interchange and Northern Cross

  • The Malahide Rd inbound is also easing now between Northern Cross and Fairview.

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