Sunday 25 September 2016

Commuters face fresh transport chaos as Dublin Bus launches third 48-hour strike

Catherine Devine

Published 23/09/2016 | 07:05

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Commuters have been warned to expect heavy delays on all routes into and out of Dublin city as Dublin Bus shuts down in the third 48-hour strike.

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Hundreds of thousands of commuters and bus users are facing renewed transport chaos as the bus strike continues today and tomorrow.

Read More: What you need to know ahead of the third 48-hour Dublin Bus strike

AA Roadwatch said motorists should expect delays on all routes into the city.

“Extra volumes of traffic are expected on the days of the stoppages and this will cause heavy traffic on all routes into and out of Dublin City as well as extra volumes around Bray, Greystones, Maynooth, Celbridge and Dunboyne.

“Make alternative travel arrangements and allow extra time for your journeys,” said AA Roadwatch.

Traffic

After this morning's heavy traffic, AA Roadwatch said roads are beginning to clear.

Read More: Striking workers at Dublin Bus 'will leave company in debt' - chief executive

The latest stoppage sees services off the roads from 9pm on Thursday until Sunday, disrupting workers, weekend shoppers and people socialising in the city where no Nitelinks will run.

Dublin Bus said it would have lost six million euro by the end of the latest walkout, leaving it in debt for the year.

And with another 13 strike days planned, the company is set to lose 15 million euro.

Dublin Bus apologised to the 400,000 bus users left with limited transport options over the next 48 hours and pleaded with unions to call off the action.

"Dublin Bus has come through an extremely tough financial period in recent years due to the recession and has only just reached a stable financial footing," a spokeswoman said.

Further strike days are planned for Saturday October 1 - the All-Ireland football final replay, then Wednesday 5, Friday 7, Monday 10, Wednesday 12, Friday 14, Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19, Monday 24, Wednesday 26 and Saturday 29.

A protest march is planned by Dublin Bus union members through the capital to the Dail next Tuesday as TDs return to Leinster House.

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