Friday 23 February 2018

Dublin commuter routes hit by huge delays as Luas drivers strike again

The Luas will not operate until 6.30am on Saturday tomorrow morning
The Luas will not operate until 6.30am on Saturday tomorrow morning

Meadhbh McGrath

Dublin commuter routes have been badly hit by increased traffic due to another day of Luas strike action.

The Luas will not operate until 6.30am on Saturday tomorrow morning as drivers take part in their 11th day of industrial action.

Dublin Bus services are operating as normal today, but have warned commuters to allow additional time for their journey.

Services are expected to be busier than usual due to the Luas stoppages, especially at peak times.

There is particularly heavy traffic in areas of south Dublin, and AA Roadwatch reports that it is very slow inbound on the Drummartin Link Rd, Goatstown Rd and through Clonskeagh into Ranelagh.

It is similarly heavy on the Dundrum Bypass from the M50 onto Dundrum Rd through to Milltown.

Elsewhere in Dublin, traffic is slow on St John’s Rd west up to Heuston Station, and creeping along the North Quays from Inns Quay to Bachelor’s Walk.

It’s also busier than usual on the north side heading into the city from Fairview through to Connolly Station on Amien Street.

In Wicklow, motorists can expect heavy delays from J11 Greystones as Gardaí are dealing with a crash on the N11 Wexford/Dublin Rd northbound at J6 Bray/Fassaroe.

AA Roadwatch reports that emergency services are treating a fuel spill in Cork outside Glanmire on the Old N8 near Sallybrook Industrial Estate. Drivers are urged to avoid this route if possible or to take care on approach.

Elsewhere in Cork, traffic is building on approach to the Dunkettle Interchange from the N8 Dublin Rd and the N40 South Ring Rd.

It’s busy but moving along the Quays in the city centre.

The N72 Mallow/Fermoy Rd is closed between Olivers Cross and Monanimy Cross until 6pm today for works. Diversions are in place.

Those travelling on the M7 Dublin/Limerick Rd southbound between J28 Castletroy and J29 Ballysimon are advised to take care as there is debris in the right lane.

In Limerick city, traffic is busy on Patrick St and O’Connell St.

Drivers are warned of delays in Sligo as a stop/go system is in place at the junction of the N17 Sligo/Galway Rd and the Ballina Rd (R294) due to works in Tobercurry.

In Galway, it’s busy northbound on Ballybrit Crescent heading into Galway Technology Park.

There are further delays in Galway and Carlow due to stop/go systems on the N59 Galway/Clifden Rd at Bushypark and the N80 Carlow/Enniscorthy Rd at the Wexford Rd Business Park.

There are diversions in place on the N61 Boyle/Roscommon Rd between Boyle and Tulsk due to ongoing works.

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