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Sunday 17 December 2017

Flood damage forces Dart services in Dublin south to close

Ed Carty

A busy commuter rail line has been shut amid fears that flash floods have damaged a bridge.

Dart services in south Dublin and rail services out of the capital to Rosslare and Gorey have been disrupted.

Iarnrod Eireann said it closed the line between Grand Canal Dock and Sydney Parade in the south of the city after divers discovered damage.

A spokesman said the area was flooded on Monday night when the average monthly rain for October fell in just a few hours.

"At least two large trees which fell were swept downstream by the River Dodder and were lodged under the bridge, causing debris to build up at and under the bridge," the spokesman said.

Iarnrod Eireann took the step after concerns about damage around a pier at the single-span Dodder Bridge, to the south end of Lansdowne Road station.

The closure was ordered after a detailed inspection carried out under protocols adopted following the Malahide viaduct collapse in 2009.

Divers inspecting the Dodder bridge piers last night found damage to the ground around a support.

"No such damage was present at its previous underwater inspection in October 2010," Iarnrod Eireann said.

Plans to repair the structure are being drawn up, the spokesman added.

"The length of time this disruption will continue for is currently being assessed, and it is hoped to confirm this today. However, it will be for a number of days at least."

Dublin Bus will accept rail tickets for customers affected. Rosslare and Gorey train services will operate Rosslare/Gorey to Bray, with bus transfers between Bray and Dublin Connolly.

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