Commuters warned of bus strike traffic chaos
COMMUTERS have been warned to plan how to get to and from work well in advance of the bus strikes scheduled to begin on Friday.
Traffic chaos for tens of thousands of people in the capital and beyond is expected as the 48-hour strike wreaks havoc.
Drivers at Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann are planning industrial action on Friday and Saturday.
Arwen Foley of AA Roadwatch said Friday is expected to be the worst day as many people will be in work ahead of the bank holiday weekend.
"No matter how you plan to set off, leave plenty of time as traffic delays are expected to start a lot earlier than usual," she said. "Friday, in particular, is going to be a very difficult day for commuters."
Ms Foley warned travellers planning to catch a flight over the bank holiday that there could be significant delays when approaching Dublin Airport.
"The Swords road can be very traffic-heavy at the best of times, so those heading to the airport should plan ahead and start off much earlier than usual," she said.
"Additional delays can be expected on the N7 Naas Road."
The traffic mayhem is set to hit travellers nationwide, said Ms Foley, who highlighted a number of blackspots that may be the worst-affected by the strike.
"All the commuter routes to Dublin - from Louth, Kildare, Wicklow, Wexford and Laois - will be extremely heavy," she said.
"In Galway, the Old Dublin Road is expected to become quite congested, but the Dunkettle Interchange (at the intersection of the N25 and the N8 in Cork) may well be the worst of it nationwide."
A number of private bus operators servicing Dublin and national routes are expecting a surge in demand as the strike disruption looms.
Sinead Kavanagh, director of Swords Express and Eirebus, said they will have additional coaches on standby.
"We have received a large number of queries, especially for our Friday services," she said.