Saturday 15 December 2018

Trains and buses will operate - but 'not at full service'

Trains won't run today until 12pm at the earliest. Photo: Collins
Trains won't run today until 12pm at the earliest. Photo: Collins
Ryan Nugent

Ryan Nugent

Public transport companies will get the country moving again today - but with limited frequency as the snow continues to cause havoc on Irish roads.

Trains won't run today until 12pm at the earliest, and Irish Rail has warned customers the timetable will be subject to both alterations and delays.

Overnight inspections will take place along tracks.

Significant flooding was evident along the Dart line near Dún Laoghaire - with Irish Rail saying that high tide at 12.30pm today has the potential to lead to further disruption on southside stops.

Spokesman Barry Kenny said that while there was significant flooding along that area, there was no indication of any damage to lines or train stations.

The flooding was confined to the line and did not reach the platforms.

Dublin Bus said that it will also be back up and running this morning.

However, the company says that diversions will be in place.

Monitoring

It added that it will be monitoring the advice of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group to ensure that it is safe enough for the fleet to return to the roads.

Bus Éireann will also be operating from today, but insisted in a statement that it will "not be any kind of full service".

"We anticipate that we may be able to resume a level of services in some parts of the country tomorrow morning, dependent on the local road conditions," yesterday's statement read.

"It is our aim to operate some services on the Expressway inter-city network, and possibly a level of regional city and town services, in less affected areas."

Luas will not operate this morning, with the company saying that a decision will be made at 9am today on whether there will be services for the rest of the day.

Yesterday, snow ploughs were working the tramlines in order to get the Luas moving in the capital again.

Luas said that following the removal of snow from the lines, the trams must then undertake a full test run.

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