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Monday 26 June 2017

Trains disrupted as truck carrying excavator crashes into city bridge

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

TRAIN services were disrupted after a truck carrying an excavator crashed into a railway bridge in Dublin city centre.

Trains were delayed for almost 20 minutes yesterday after the truck hit the Amiens Street bridge shortly after noon, forcing Iarnrod Eireann to shut down services to allow an inspection to be carried out.

It was the 66th bridge strike so far this year -- there were 98 in all of 2009. A spokesman for Iarnrod Eireann said the number of strikes was falling, but that most were caused by careless drivers.

"We are always seeking ways to penalise those drivers who drive trucks into bridges so carelessly, causing needless disruption to services," he said.

Meanwhile, works between Pearse Street and Clontarf Road stations over this weekend will affect services.

All DART services will be suspended between both stations, and bus transfers will apply. Limited services will operate between Dundalk/Drogheda and Connolly station and from Maynooth.

Full services will apply on the Belfast Enterprise line, with delays of up to 15 minutes. Services to Rosslare Europort will operate from Pearse Street.

Upgrading of the N7 Rathcoole interchange bridge will begin today and is expected to last five weeks.

Road traffic into Dublin will be reduced from three to two lanes.

Irish Independent

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