Tuesday 21 November 2017

Rail service hit by signal cable thieves

Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

CRIMINALS stole a key signal cable along the DART line resulting in services being cancelled.

The cable, which had a significant electric current flowing through it, disappeared overnight from the line at Shankill, Dublin.

The problem was noticed as the first train made its way from Bray, Co Wicklow, to Dublin's city centre at around 6am.

The theft forced a serious disruption of DART services that included cancelling trains between Bray and Dalkey.

A limited service was operated between Dalkey and Dun Laoghaire, while Dublin Bus accepted rail tickets for customers to and from stations south of Dun Laoghaire.

Irish Rail apologised for any inconvenience as engineers worked to repair the damage done by the criminals.

It was not the first time that live high-voltage electric cable has been stolen from the train line.

It is understood that the cable is then sold to scrap dealers.

Irish Rail confirmed there are nightly patrols along the lines to try to tackle the problem.

Irish Independent

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