Monday 14 October 2019

Public Transport: What services are running today and what is happening tomorrow?

Ian Begley

Ian Begley

How is public transport affected by Hurricane Ophelia and what is set to happen on Tuesday, October 17?

The Minister for Transport, Shane Ross TD, has reminded commuters that all public transport services will be "severely disrupted" today.

As per the advice of the National Emergency Co-Ordination Group all non-essential travel should be avoided.

Transport Minister Shane Ross has urged people to exercise caution.

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Speaking on The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk, he said: "Safety is absolutely paramount, people should be getting home or staying at home as much as possible, avoid non-essential journeys."

He added: "This is about people's lives today and them not doing anything foolish and us not facilitating people doing anything foolish.

"We're hoping there will be no loss of life by tomorrow, that's the main objective."

Bus Eireann

All services have been suspended until tomorrow but the company have released an update this evening.

"Bus Éireann plan to operate a full schedule of services tomorrow (October 17) from 0500 hours, with the exception of services provided under the School Transport Scheme.

"This is due to the decision of the Department of Education and Skills that all schools should remain closed tomorrow.

"This resumption includes all Bus Éireann services, the Expressway network, Eurolines and GoBÉ services.

"However, we expect disruption to some services in areas where the worst damage has been caused by the storm.

"This may include diversions, delays or cancellations. We will be guided by the advice of local authorities or other bodies regarding roads that are affected.

"We will be providing updates on and on Twitter and Facebook @buseireann and to local, regional and national media – as soon as the position becomes clearer.

Irish Rail

All services have been suspended until tomorrow.

In a further update this evening, Iarnroid Eireann have said:

"We plan to resume services from first trains on Tuesday 17th October on all routes.  This will be subject to confirmation following overnight line inspections and clearance of any fallen trees or other obstructions.

"Please note that there will be some minor service alterations and capacity reductions tomorrow, Tuesday 17th October, as follows, as trains are out of position for normal service operations:


05.50 Cork to Dublin Heuston cancelled, 06.15 Cork to Dublin Heuston will additionally serve Mallow, Charleville and Limerick Junction.

Limerick to Ballybrophy via Nenagh services cancelled. Bus substitution in place.

09.45 Westport to Dublin Heuston cancelled.

Reduced capacity

Reduced capacity on 05.30, 06.40 & 07.40 Limerick to Dublin services

Reduced capacity on 05.30, 06.30 & 07.30 Galway to Dublin services

All other services are expected to operate, subject to line inspections.


The Luas Red and Green Line services were suspended at 10am on Monday.

They said in a statement that trams have been brought back to the depots and there will be no tram service from approximately midday until tomorrow morning.

In a statement this evening Luas operators confirmed that services would still be affected tomorrow morning.

The statement reads: "There will be no Red or Green Line services on Tuesday morning October 17th 2017.

"Earlier today an incident occurred in the Luas Depot, Red Cow, Clondalkin.

"A technical room was damaged because of Hurricane Ophelia.

"It will take time to investigate the damage caused and time to repair. We are not able to give an estimate in relation to the time it will take.

"Luas will therefore not operate a service on Tuesday morning October 17th 2017

"Luas will inform customers, media and the public about Luas services post a 12 noon meeting tomorrow.

"Luas has updated the NECC on this matter.

"Customers are advised to follow media reports and to check, follow twitter@luas

"Luas customer care is open 7am – 7pm."

Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus have now withdrawn all services for the rest of the day. They initially told customers that services would be disrupted, with some cancellations, but now they have withdrawn all services for safety reasons.


Services are due to resume tomorrow morning, October 17.

Dublin Airport

Siobhan O'Donnell of Dublin Airport said:

"Dublin Airport will remain open throughout the day, however a number of flights to and from Dublin have been cancelled. 

"It is up to the individual airline on whether to cancel more flights following the red status warning in Dublin.  

"We're advising all passengers to contact their airline or check their website before making their way to Dublin Airport."

Ryanair has advised that a number of flights have been cancelled due to Ophelia:

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