Friday 23 February 2018

Rail services disrupted due to damage

Kevin Keane

THOUSANDS of DART and rail passengers will face massive disruption over the coming days after flood damage near a bridge pier forced the cancellation of all train services on a busy stretch of line in south Dublin.

Irish Rail last night halted all DART, commuter and other train services between Pearse Street and Dun Laoghaire in Dublin last night amid concerns for a bridge near Lansdowne Road station. Rosslare and Gorey services have also been hit, with bus transfers ferrying passengers between Bray and Dublin Connolly.

DART services from Howth/ Malahide will only operate to Pearse St station and from Dun Laoghaire to Bray and Greystones.

There will be no DART services between Pearse and Dun Laoghaire but Dublin Bus will accept rail tickets for customers affected. Other commuter services which operate from Drogheda or Maynooth to Dun Laoghaire and Bray will now only travel as far as Pearse St station with Dublin Bus accepting rail tickets for customers travelling south of Pearse.

A spokesperson for Dublin Bus said the company will be working with Irish Rail in the coming days to come up with a transport solution for stranded commuters and will be accepting rail tickets on Dublin buses.

The closure of the busy stretch of line, which is expected to hit at least 20,000 passengers a day, came after two large trees fell during this week's floods and were swept downstream by the River Dodder.

Irish Rail revealed that the trees became lodged under the single-span bridge, causing debris to build up at and under the structure. It was only following an inspection by divers last night that damage to an area of ground near a support structure of the bridge was discovered.

Irish Rail spokesman Barry Kenny said the bridge would remain closed while safety checks were carried out over the coming days.

Irish Independent

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