Tuesday 28 March 2017

Commuters battle delays and potholes after thaw

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

COMMUTERS in Galway battled with two-hour delays getting to work yesterday as sub-zero temperatures returned to the west.

The journey from Tuam to the city centre took up to two hours -- a drive that normally takes 25 minutes.

And yesterday it emerged there would be no emergency funding put in place to pay the costs of the big freeze.

Transport Minister Noel Dempsey said he was unlikely to be able to provide more money than that already announced.

He also warned motorists to beware of potholes which had appeared after roads thawed. He added that five fewer people had died on the roads so far this year as motorists took extra care and because many stayed at home.

"There's still black ice and loose grit on the roads and potholes are emerging. One of the pluses in how motorists have responded is there has been a drop in fatalities. So far in January, five fewer people have been killed on roads than in January last year," he said.

Met Eireann said that the weather was coming back to "normal".

"Freezing rain could fall, it's a low risk but we could see it. We see temperatures of 3-8C which is the first time in a long time temperatures will be above freezing," forecaster Gerard Fleming said.

Irish Independent

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