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Thursday 21 November 2019

Relief as transport services returning to normal

BUS, rail and air travel was generally operating as normal yesterday, with some exceptions in the south of the country, as a slight thaw began to improve the conditions on national roads.

Cork Airport was closed yesterday evening until further notice, but elsewhere most transport services were running as normal.

A Bus Eireann spokesman said there was disruption along some routes to and from the south-east. Cancellations mainly affected buses between Dublin and Waterford, although the Dublin-Waterford via Gorey service was operational.

Treacherous road conditions also forced the suspension of some services between Waterford and Athlone, Longford and Carlow and between Cork and Dungourney. Given the snow forecast, Bus Eireann said it will continue to monitor the situation closely.

“We would advise customers to contact their local travel office for information on individual services or visit www.buseireann. ie.

Bus Eireann would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused,” a statement advised. Operating A spokesman for Irish Rail reported that all routes were operating as normal, with two minor exceptions affecting the Waterford/Dublin and the Galway/ Dublin routes.

“As a precautionary measure, Iarnrod Eireann is temporarily ceasing the practice of ‘splitting and joining’ trains as extreme cold conditions can expose the mechanical systems of train couplers to faults.”

Until the cold spell passes, the 7.10am Waterford to Heuston and 7.40am Waterford to Heuston will be amalgamated and will depart at 7.40am.

The 11.05am Galway to Heuston train has been cancelled but all other services on the route will operate to the normal schedule.

The Docklands/Clonsilla service will continue to operate to and from Connolly Station, instead of Docklands Station. Passengers through Dublin Airport experienced limited delays while Knock and Shannon Airports were open and not reporting problems.

However, Cork Airport closed yesterday evening until further notice. While the heavy snowfall predicted for the east failed to materialise, there were heavy falls in the south yesterday afternoon, with road conditions remaining very poor around Connacht and in parts of Leinster and the south AA Roadwatch continued to advise motorists to drive with extreme care.

In Cork, there was snow and ice on most secondary routes, with gardai asking drivers to avoid unnecessary journeys. Roads around Kanturk, Macroom, and on the N22 Cork/ Mallow Rd at Rathduff were particularly treacherous.

In Kerry, heavy snowfall affected many roads. The Conor Pass was closed. But yesterday’s temperatures of between -1C and 4C ensured that the expected snow fell as sleet or even rain.

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