Saturday 22 July 2017

'Absolutely jammers' - Commuters complain as Royal visit causes traffic chaos

Serious delays across Dublin

Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, pictured this afternoon at Aras an Uachtarain on the first day of a three day visit to Ireland. Picture: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.
Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, pictured this afternoon at Aras an Uachtarain on the first day of a three day visit to Ireland. Picture: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Road closures and garda checkpoints are in place across Dublin today as Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles visit the capital.

There are reports of traffic being heavy across the city - particularly on the quays and in and around the city centre.

Prince Charles and Minister Heather Humphreys in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles and Minister Heather Humphreys in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles shakes hands with Sein Fein leader Gerry Adams
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery
Prince Charles during a visit in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles and Minister Heather Humphreys in Glasnevin Cemetery
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles, HRH the Prince of Wales, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles, HRH the Prince of Wales, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Leeson Street is closed between Fitzwilliam Place and Pembroke Street.

Merrion Street is also currently closed which is having a knock-on effect to traffic across the city, while Merrion Square West will remain closed until 1pm today.

Gardaí have warned people to expect "long delays" on the North Quays and are advising drivers to try take alternative routes.

Seville Place is also busy onto Guild St through to Samuel Beckett Bridge.

While traffic is heavy Eastbound along the Grand Canal from Clogher Rd to Harold's Cross as the area prepares for the Royals visit to Our Lady’s Hospice.

There are also reports of delays on the Swords Road between the Whitehall flyover and Collins Avenue.

AA Roadwatch reports there has been a fuel spill on St. John’s Rd West outbound before the South Circular Road junction.

Here are the routes and areas which will be affected later today:

  • The Finglas Road (N2) will be closed from 9am-2pm. There will be checkpoints on Botanic Road and the Old Finglas Road so drivers are being told to expect delays.
  • The 140 and 40 bus routes - both of which travel past the cemetery - will be diverted.
  • Buses travelling from Charlestown/Toberburr/Tyrrelstown/Ikea will divert left on to the Old Finglas Road, Botanic Road and back on to normal route at Hart's Corner.

  • Buses travelling towards Charlestown/Toberburr/Tyrrelstown/Ikea will divert on to Prospect Avenue, Botanic Road, Old Finglas Road and back on to normal route at Finglas Road.

More updates to follow...

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