Friday 17 November 2017

Transport disruptions continue as clean-up starts reporters

AS A clean-up operation kicked off following torrential flooding in Dublin and other parts of the country, several transport links are still not fully operational.

All Luas green lines remain suspended due to a power failure.

And services are not expected to be restored today.

Iarnrod Eireann said that DART, Northern commuter and Maynooth/M3 services are operating with delays of 10 minutes due to speed restrictions and damage to signaling equipment.

Drumcondra DART station has reopened but Bayside station is closed due to a flooded station building.

Customers have been advised to use Sutton or Howth junction stations.

Belfast services are operating with a bus transfer between Portadown and Newry due to flooding.

All Heuston services are operating.

Earlier, Wolfe Tone Quay in the city centre was still flooded and motorists were warned to avoid the area.

Dundrum shopping centre had to be evacuated when the River Slang burst its banks and flowed through the ground level

Management said electricity had been disconnected from the centre so checks could be carried out.

Power was also cut at the Courts of Criminal Justice in Parkgate Street due to damage caused by floodwater.

A Courts Service spokesman said no cases would be heard there today.

"Other venues are being explored for the hearing of custody and bench warrant cases etc," he said.

"It is anticipated most cases will be adjourned to other dates."

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