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Friday 19 September 2014

Another landslide closes rail line

SARAH STACK

Published 05/02/2009 | 00:00

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RAIL passengers face further travel chaos after a landslide closed the main line between Wicklow and Wexford yesterday.

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Thousands of commuters will be forced to endure bus services until the end of the week as engineers attempt to make a track connecting Bray and Gorey safe.

Iarnrod Eireann had already suspended all services from Bray to Greystones in Co Wicklow due to a rock fall at Bray Head on Monday.

But problems on the east coast rail line were compounded after a landslide at an embankment two miles south of Arklow.

Iarnrod Eireann spokesman Barry Kenny said the Gorey commuter and Rosslare inter-city rail services have been entirely suspended.

"The rail line is on top of an embankment which is 10 to 15 metres high," he said.

"Due to the high volume of water in the area in recent times, some of that embankment has given away and affected its stability. Remedial works will be undertaken," he said.

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