DART passengers spent more than an hour to travel one stop this morning
Published 30/05/2016 | 12:02
A mechanical fault on the DART line caused significant delays for commuters this morning.
The incident occurred on the Greystones to Bray line - and the train at Greystones station was unable to depart while it was ongoing.
Irish Rail informed passengers of the fault shortly before 730am but many had already arrived at the train station.
Initial reports that the service would be delayed by approximately 15 minutes were soon re-evaluated.
@IrishRail what is the driver doing on the DART from Greystones? We have gone 800m in 19 mins. Stop/start will make people sick.— Alan O'Brien (@garden_snapper) May 30, 2016
@IrishRail can the you update on the situation pls re the dart stuck in Greystones. There are school kids going in for exams on this train— Marina Donohoe (@burnabyglen) May 30, 2016
@IrishRail still on 7.30 dart from Greystones. Driver announced he is over writing system . Why send a faulty train out at peak time!?— Paula L (@dovepetals) May 30, 2016
@IrishRail a bit late for the people now stuck in a stuffy dart for the last 45mn with no option to get on the bus— Elise Fisher (@Merline37) May 30, 2016
A number of passengers relying on the DART for travel to exams and work turned to Twitter to complain over the delay.
A spokesperson for Iarnrod Eireann made the announcement at 830am that delays had worsened - advising commuters to make alternative travel arrangements.
Dublin Bus accepted valid tickets from affected passengers while the incident was ongoing.
The mechanical fault on the train line was repaired shortly before 9am but a points fault remained.
Passengers were warned to expect knock on delays for a number of hours.