Tuesday 20 March 2018

Electricity lines, fallen trees and fog causing commuter chaos, as rail passengers also face 40 minute delays

Post Hurricane Ophelia,fallen tree on Quill Road,Kilmacanoge,Co Wicklow on Monday October 17. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Post Hurricane Ophelia,fallen tree on Quill Road,Kilmacanoge,Co Wicklow on Monday October 17. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Kathy Armstrong

Fallen electricity lines, trees blocking roads and fog are causing commuter chaos this morning.

Public transport is expected to be running as normal today after Storm Ophelia but rail passengers are facing delays of up to 40 minutes.

AA Roadwatch has warned motorists to exercise caution as the clean up following the historic storm continues.

They said in a statement on their website: "Cork's Centre Park Rd in the city remains impassable due to a number of fallen trees. The Marina nearby is also closed. Avoid this route.

"Mary St in Dungarvan, Waterford remains closed until further notice due to roof slates falling off a building.

"The Kilcullen Rd in Naas has reopened just south of the Ballymore Rd jct as fallen cables have been cleared.

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"The N74 Cashel/Tipperary Road is expected to remain closed between Cashel and Golden due to damaged power cables until midday today.

"In Dublin there is debris in the right lane of the M50 southbound between J4 Ballymun and J5 Finglas. Take extreme care on approach. "Southbound traffic is slow from J4 to J12 Firhouse. Northbound is slow from J15 Kilternan to J13 Sandyford and then from J9 Red Cow to J7 Lucan."

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They also advised rail passengers that there will be delays this morning.

They noted: "All public transport services - Irish Rail, Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann and Luas - are expected to run as normal today  following earlier disruption.

"However, due to poor rail conditions restricted signalling is in place on Irish Rail services. Delays to Intercity services are up to 40mins and DART & Commuter up to 30mins."

Fog patches are also hampering visibility in counties including Louth, Tipperary, Meath, Mayo, Cavan and Cork.

AA Roadwatch said: "Gardai in Louth are reporting fog in many parts of Ireland.

"There are fog patches in places around South Tipperary, North Cork and Co Meath this morning, with particular care is needed along the M8 Cork/Dublin Rd and the N3/M3 Dublin/Sligo Rd between J6 Dunshaughlin and J10 Kells.

"It's also a foggy start to the day around Castlebar, Carrick-on-Shannon and Cavan Town.

"Be sure and use your fog lights in affected areas but turn them off afterwards."

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