Saturday 1 October 2016

Planes, trains and automobiles - Most transport services are experiencing disruption in the aftermath of Storm Frank

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 31/12/2015 | 12:39

A member of the fire service takes a short break as flooding continues in Bandon, Co. Cork, following storm Frank. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A member of the fire service takes a short break as flooding continues in Bandon, Co. Cork, following storm Frank. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A person wades through flood water in Straiton, Scotland, as Storm Frank begins to batter the UK on its way towards flood-hit areas. Photo: PA

Widespread disruption to road, rail, and bus routes around the country continues as flood waters pose problems for motorists and commuters alike.

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Met Eireann advise that a Status Yellow wind warning remains in place for Counties Wicklow, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford.

Strong and gusty winds are expected today, with speeds of up to 110km/h in exposed areas.

The winds are likely to be strongest in the coastal counties of Connaught and in Donegal.

Dublin Airport Authority advise passengers to check with their airline to confirm that their flight has not been affected by inclement weather.

Irish Ferries have said that customer's affected by cancellations will be contacted by the company.

Bus Eireann have provided information on routes affected by flooding, which can be viewed below.

Meanwhile AA Roadwatch have appealed to motorists to slow down, and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them.

"If you encounter flooding on the roads, don't attempt to drive through it if you can't tell how deep it is.

"If you have to drive through standing water, drive through the centre of the road as it tends to be the highest point," an AA spokesperson said.

The following routes have been affected by recent flooding.

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MUNSTER

Irish Rail advises that the as flooding has recurred between Athenry and Gort, and continues between Ennis and Limerick, bus transfers are operating for Western Rail Corridor services between Galway & Limerick.

Customers are advised that bus transfers will operate between Ennis and Limerick with a restricted service into and out of Sixmilebridge.

CORK:

The N25 Cork/ Waterford Rd remains closed between Killeagh and Castlemartyr due to flooding. Diversions are in place.

The N71 Cork/ Bandon Rd has reopened between Inishannon and Bandon.

Fermoy Bridge on the N72 Mallow/ Dungarvan Rd has reopened to traffic and pedestrians.

The N22 Cork/ Killarney Rd is passable with care at Lissacresig near Macroom. Extreme caution is advised however.

The N22 Carrigrohane Rd is closed between Victoria Cross and Carrigrohane due to flooding. Diversions via Model Farm Rd or Wilton.

TIPPERARY:

The N24 Clonmel/ Carrick-On-Suir Rd is closed through Carrick-On-Suir. Gardaí advise HGVs heading towards Carrick-On-Suir to travel via Kilkenny while other motorists are advised to travel via Callan.

KERRY:

In Killarney Town, Lower Ross Rd remains closed following flooding.

CLARE:

The N67 Kilcolgan/ Lanhinch Rd is closed between Belharbour and New Quay due to flooding. Diversions are in place.

WATERFORD:

The N72 Dungarvan/ Lismore Rd is closed at Cappoquin due to flooding. Use an alternative route.

TIPPERARY:

The N65 Portumna/ Borrisokane Rd is closed on the Portumna side of Carrigahorig due to flooding. Diversions are in place via Lorrha.

LEINSTER

Due to flooding at Enniscorthy, Iarnrod Eireann say that Rosslare services are operating between Dublin Connolly and Gorey only.

Bus transfers are in operation between Gorey and Rosslare Europort, Rosslare Strand and Wexford to and from Gorey.

There are currently no train or bus services from Enniscorthy station as it is inaccessible due to flooding.

LOUTH:

The Mill Rd in Dundalk is closed due to flooding.

WESTMEATH:

A stop/ go system is in place on the N4 Sligo/ Dublin Rd at Ballynafid due to flooding on the eastbound carriageway.

MEATH:

The N51 Navan/ Delvin Rd is blocked approx 8km outside Navan Town. Gardai are advising motorists to avoid the area.

KILDARE:

There is a fallen tree on the Newbridge/ Naas Rd (R445) at Red Lane (Toughers Industrial Estate). Red Lane is currently closed as a result.

KILKENNY:

Gardaí in Thomastown say that the town is now passable with the exception of Marshes St, which remains flooded.

The N24 Tipperary/ Waterford Rd is down to one lane outside Mooncoin due to flooding. Further along the route, there is also flooding at Grannagh, which is passable with extreme caution.

Bleech Rd in Kilkenny City is closed following flooding.

Graiguenamanagh village is currently impassable due to flooding.

The Rock Rd in Inistioge has reopened following a mudslide.

LONGFORD:

In Newtowncashel, Saint's Island and Barley Harbour are both impassable due to flooding.

CARLOW:

Leighlin Rd is closed at Lanigan's Lough due to flooding. Use an alternative route.

The bridge outside Bagenalstown is impassable due to flooding.

WICKLOW:

The Vale Rd in Arklow is closed from Woodenbridge to Pearse Park as the river has burst its banks.

WEXFORD:

The southbound bridge on the N11 Dublin/Wexford Rd has reopened in Enniscorthy. Northbound traffic is also being diverted onto this bridge for the moment. Further south, there are diversions in place on the N11 in both directions at Kyle's Cross near Oylgate.

Read More: Storm Frank: Drone footage shows extent of flooding across Enniscorthy

ULSTER

MONAGHAN:

The N53 Castleblayney/ Dundalk Rd is impassable at Annadrumman due to floods.

There is flooding on the N54 Monaghan/ Clones Rd just outside Clones. Not far away then there is flooding on the Clones/ Newbliss Rd (R183) so care is advised.

CAVAN:

Many roads around Cavan Town are flooded. Take extreme care on all roads.

The N3 Dublin/ Cavan Rd is reduced to one lane between Virginia and Cavan Town at Aughareena. Extra care is needed.

CONNAUGHT:

Speed restriction in previously flooded section has been removed and Sligo/Dublin services are now operating to a normal schedule except 16:00hrs Dublin Connolly - Sligo is cancelled until further notice

SLIGO:

The N59 Ballina/ Ballysadare Rd is flooded outside Ballysadare at Corhownagh. Use alternative routes.

Flooding on N15 Sligo/Letterkenny Rd on the Sligo side of Grange village and north of Drumcliffe at Gortarowey. Take extreme care.

GALWAY:

The N65 Loughrea/ Nenagh Rd is down to one lane at Portumna bridge due to rising flood waters.

MAYO:

The Ballinrobe/ Glencorrib Rd (R334) is closed at The Neale and Cross due to flooding. Motorists are advised to use the N84 instead.

LEITRIM:

The N4 Sligo/ Dublin Rd in Carrick-on-Shannon is down to one lane westbound at Shannonside Retail Park due to flooding. Diversions are in place for eastbound traffic.

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