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Sunday 4 December 2016

Rail set for busy few days as bus lanes to stay closed

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CALLS to open bus lanes to private cars have fallen on deaf ears after gardai confirmed they will remain closed to the public.

Hopes were raised that the lanes would be opened to private cars to allow a free flow of traffic on the city’s streets during the 48-hour strike by drivers.

But gardai yesterday said that they will be used to accommodate extra taxis and private bus firms instead.

A number of private operators have said they will be offering extra services today and Saturday to help stranded commuters.

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Aircoach, which operates a number of routes across Dublin, has confirmed that they will have extra buses on standby to cater for demand.

All DART and Luas services will be operating as normal today and tomorrow.

However, rail travellers have been warned that scheduled line-improvement works to and from Heuston Station over the weekend are planned, and customers are advised to re-check times before travelling.

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Demand is expected to be extremely high at peak times, particularly between 8am and 9am. Customers who have flexibility in travel arrangements are advised to travel outside these hours.

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Up-to-date information will be available on the Irish Rail website. The online National Journey Planner provides details of available services. More energetic travellers can opt for the hugely popular Dublin Bike Scheme to get around.

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