Monday 24 October 2016

More woes for weary public as rail services suspended amid strike


THEre is further travel chaos for commuters today as rail services to the north of the city have been suspended in addition to the strike action by bus drivers.

Planned essential works to train lines will mean a number of routes are out of action today and tomorrow.

The news comes in the midst of a public transport nightmare as Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus drivers enter their second day of strike action.


Irish Rail has advised customers to make alternative arrangements this weekend, with the Connolly to Malahide and Howth service out of action.

Those hoping to travel from Dublin to Belfast by rail will have some difficulty this weekend. The company has confirmed that all Dublin Connolly to Belfast services will operate between Drogheda and Belfast only.

However, some bus transfers will be in operation between Dublin Connolly and Drogheda on Sunday.

Dart services will also be interrupted over the weekend and will only run between Connolly, Bray and Greystones. Dart services will not operate between Connolly and Howth.

Northern commuter services will operate between Dundalk, Drogheda and Malahide only.

But a bus transfer will operate between Connolly and Malahide.

Commuters who have been relying on rail services while the buses are out of action have been handed another blow, with service interruption also taking effect from Heuston station.

Irish Rail said it has "commenced a programme of line improvement works on the Dublin to Cork line".

"The works will lead to higher reliability, smoother running of trains and will deliver consistent 160kph speeds by the end of 2016. This will deliver improved journey times for customers," said a spokesman.

To facilitate the upgrades there will be service changes on a number of routes.

It is expected that road traffic will be heavy across the country with the drop in services.

Gardai are warning motorists to be extra careful as a lack of public transport coupled with bank holiday weekend travellers will see increased motorists on the road.

There were long traffic tailbacks throughout the rest of the country as a lack of bus services forced more people to take to their cars.

Galway's city bus routes were particularly impacted by the strike, with Bus Eireann operating the vast majority of the city's routes.

Tourists arriving into Dublin Airport yesterday were at a loss as to why there were no public bus transport options available.

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