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Saturday 22 October 2016

Commuter delays: Friday morning traffic chaos as entire Luas line is out of action

Service not expected to be operating again until at least 2pm

Denise Calnan and Conor Feehan

Published 07/10/2016 | 08:10

Photo: PA
Photo: PA

Commuters are experiencing massive delays this morning in the capital as the Luas Green Line is completely out of action.

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The Luas Green Line was initially only operating between Bride's Glen and Beechwood, but an announcement later in the morning reported that the Luas line is now completely out of action.

A statement from the Luas reads: "Service suspended on the Green Line. We apologise for any inconvenience."

It is understood the tram is down due to a technical fault.

The green line has been shut down since 9.05 this morning after two trams failed – one at Stephen’s Green and one at Sandyford – within 15 minutes of each other.

“The problem is affecting the entire line,” a Transdev spokesperson said.

“We are trying to identify the fault but it may take a number of hours.  We apologise to the public for any inconvenience caused,” added the spokesperson.

It is believed it may take until 2pm for the Luas line to be up and running again.

All Luas tickets are valid on Dublin Bus.

As a result, there is a major backlog with Dublin Bus services this morning as Luas commuters turn to buses as an alternative.

Buses travelling towards the city centre from the south Dublin area are reported to be "packed" this morning.

Buses are also passing by bus stops as their capacity is full.

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