Wednesday 22 February 2017

Commuter chaos: DART services resume - but with 45 minute delays

Published 24/10/2016 | 08:05

Motorists on the M50 often experience delays due to the dramatic rise in motorway traffic over the past three years
Motorists on the M50 often experience delays due to the dramatic rise in motorway traffic over the past three years

Commuters faced further delays this morning after DART lines were suspended and a crash was reported on the M50.

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The Luas Red line was also experiencing delays of up to 15 minutes.

All services on the DART line were stopped due to fault affecting all level crossings.

The crossing fault was rectified but services were still experiencing delays later in the morning.


Meanwhile, on the M50, the traffic was busy after an incident occurred southbound route at Junction 5 Finglas.

The incident was cleared but traffic on the southbound lane remained heavy for some time afterwards.

Today's Irish Independent is reporting that almost 159,000 vehicles are now using Dublin's M50 on a daily basis - up 6,300 on the same period of last year.

Rush hour traffic now lasts a full eight hours each day, with the morning peak 7am to 10am, and evening peak 3pm to 7pm.

Commuters are being forced to leave for work an hour earlier because there are so many cars, trucks and buses using the road.

Several incidents caused traffic chaos in the morning peak last week, and it is becoming increasingly apparent that the system is unable to cope.

New data from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) shows that every month there are 120 'incidents' including breakdowns. Of these, 50 are collisions.

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