Saturday 21 April 2018

Luas services to be suspended until Wednesday morning

The damage to the roof of the Transdev building
The damage to the roof of the Transdev building
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

LUAS services will be suspended until 5.30am tomorrow, Independent.ie has learned.

Some 90,000 passengers who use the light-rail system every day will be without a service until tomorrow morning after Storm Ophelia caused damage to the depot at the Red Cow at 2.30pm on Monday.

The roof was damaged, and operators Transdev believe that further works are required before full services resume.

“The roof is being repaired today. The firm contracted to repair the roof have estimated it will take the whole day,” a spokesperson said.

Workers removing damaged roof sections onto a cherry picker. Luas Transdev Ireland building at Red Cow Luas, Naas Road, Clondalkin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Workers removing damaged roof sections onto a cherry picker. Luas Transdev Ireland building at Red Cow Luas, Naas Road, Clondalkin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

“The section of roof damaged is over what is known as technical rooms. Within those rooms are Luas systems. Those systems, for example, assist with overhead power and the AVLS, which is the automatic vehicle location system.

“These are necessary to run the Luas operation. These rooms and systems are being assessed for damage and assessed in relation to possible repair. It is therefore not possible for Luas services to resume at this point.”

Services on the Red and Green lines were suspended from lunchtime yesterday as the storm struck.

While full transport services have resumed in most parts of the country, issues remain.

Dublin Bus is operating a full service, but diversions are in place on routes 7d, 59 and 111 due to a fallen tree on Ulverton Road. Services are using Hyde Road and Castle Park Road.

Irish Rail is operating a full service but there are some delays as debris is cleared from lines, while Bus Éireann is also experiencing a small number of disruptions on route NX between Navan and Dublin.

Separately, two national roads remain closed due to fallen trees and power lines.

They are the N71 from Killarney to Molls Gap, which is closed due to a number of fallen trees through the national park, and the N74 between Golden and Cashel in Co Tipperary which is closed due to downed power lines.

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