Saturday 22 September 2018

Public transport and services: All you need to know about what is operating today

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As the recovery begins, here's what you can expect to be operating today.

Transport

Luas

Luas services resumed ahead of schedule on Tuesday night following earlier concerns the service would be out of action until Wednesday.

Storm Ophelia caused damage to the depot at the Red Cow.

Bus Eireann

Bus Eireann is running full services today except for school services or if there are any individual road blockages.

Cork

Route 215: diverted via common's road due to fallen tree at Fitzys Boreen

Route 223: Carrigmahon not served due to fallen tree

Route 233: Macroom to Cork via Coachford no Service due to fallen trees

Route 240: no service between Cloyne and Ballycotton due to fallen tree

Galway

Route 401: has been diverted due to the closure of Salthill promenade

 

Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus is also expected to operate a full schedule today.

Bus Eireann are also accepting Luas tickets while the Red and Green Luas lines are off.

 

Irish Rail

Digital

Intercity, Commuter and DART services have all resumed following Hurricane Ophelia. However, there are delays to Maynooth, DART and Cork services at present from separate issues.

These delays are as follows:

DART and Commuter delays:

Update: an earlier signal fault at DUn Laoghaire has been cleared, and DART services are delayed by up to 15 minutes, but these delays are clearing.

Delays are expected to Maynooth and M3 line services due to restricted signalling associated with poor rail conditions.  This is to ensure the safe operation of trains.

Intercity delays:

Cork to Heuston services experiencing significant delays due to mechanical fault on 12.20 Cork to Heuston. Services have resumed, and Cork to Dublin delays are running at 120-180 minutes.  We will work to ensure that evening Dublin to Cork services operate to schedule.

Delays of up to 15-30 minutes on all other routes due to clearing remaining debris off line, and low rail adhesion.

Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport is open and fully operational this morning, however there have been a small number of flight cancellations. Intending passengers are advised to check with their airline.

Siobhan O'Donnell from the Dublin Airport Authority said that Dublin Airport is "fully operational".

"Dublin Airport is fully operational with a small number of cancellations, this is due to aircraft that couldn't get back to Dublin on time. Passengers are advised to check with Dublin Airport for information."

Public Services

Schools

All primary and secondary schools in the country will remain closed for a second day.

 

Colleges

Third level colleges will make their own decision on whether to open, however most are expected to resume lectures today.

 

HSE

The Health Service Executive has said it expects that outpatient services will be fully provided today, with a small number of exceptions.

While urgent procedures would be protected, some planned operations will be cancelled.

The HSE said that community services would primarily focus on dealing with the most vulnerable patients, with a gradual return to normal health services over the next few days.

Due to cancelled appointments over the past 24 hours and a subsequent catch-up period, people can expect some delays in their appointments and discharges.

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has warned that GP and hospital services, particularly Emergency Departments, will take some days to work through the backlog of patients built up through Storm Ophelia and patients should continue to avoid attending both except in cases of emergency.

Dr Padraig McGarry, Chair of the IMO GP Committee, paid tribute to the long hours and hard work which medical staff across the country had put in through the storm conditions.

“Doctors and all healthcare professionals have worked around the clock to ensure that patients who needed attention received it. Though the storm made delivering essential care challenging, hospitals and GP practices were available to provide help and emergency support to patients.  I want to acknowledge the huge effort which Doctors put in across the country.” 

Dr McGarry also thanked the public for their support for Doctors and other healthcare professionals during the storm period.

He added that patients can expect GP Surgeries and Emergency Departments to be particularly busy over the coming days and patients should present only if they require urgent care.  Some services will continue to operate on a limited basis as GPs and hospitals deal with priority patients in post storm circumstances.  

 

Courts

All courts nationwide are expected to sit today. Those involved in sittings postponed on Monday will be notified about rescheduled hearings.

 

Post

An Post services across the country are returning to normal today (Tuesday).

Most post offices across the country have re-opened. However in some parts of the country power and technical outages have caused some Post Offices to remain closed or open later than normal. Updates will be available at anpost.ie and on Twitter (@postvox) throughout the day.

In some parts of the country fallen trees, power lines and outages have caused some disruption to mail deliveries and collections. Where roads are safe for staff, and access allows, deliveries will resume. Please check anpost.ie and Twitter (@postvox) for more details throughout the day.

An Post said they are working closely with the Emergency services, ESB networks and local teams to ensure a safe and speedy return to normal service.

How did Ophelia affect you? Send your comments and pictures to contact@independent.ie. Remember to stay safe

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