Transport chaos: trams, buses, planes, and trains are delayed or cancelled
The weather may be pretty to look at in many parts of the country - but it's also wreaked havoc on Ireland's transport.
As commuters get ready to take on the Monday rush-hour commute, trains, trams, buses, and planes have all been impacted - with some being cancelled altogether.
16.00 Dublin to Sligo and 16.30 Sligo to Dublin delayed up to 60 mins due to points issue at Longford
— Iarnród Éireann #StaySafeSaveLives #HoldFirm (@IrishRail) December 10, 2017
Irish Rail said that Dublin to Sligo and Sligo to Dublin trains were being delayed by up to an hour. Earlier on Sunday, it had said that delays of up to 25 minutes were being experienced between Dublin and Waterford due to snow in Carlow, as well as between Dublin and Galway because of snow at Woodlawn and Ballinasloe.
Please note that there are some disruptions to services due to weather conditions https://t.co/LVRm4qmNfY
— buseireann (@Buseireann) December 10, 2017
Bus Eireann is also experiencing delays and disruption to services, as well as a handful of cancellations. On Sunday evening, it highlighted the following:
- Route 12, 2000 departure Limerick/Dublin from Dublin Airport will not operate via Roscrea
- Route 20 and X20 Galway to Dublin operating on M6 stopping only in Athlone
- Route 64 Galway/ Derry is diverted via Milltown Ballindine & Claremorris.
- Galway City services operating with delays.
- Route 65, 1915 Cavan/Galway will not operate
- Route 70, 1800 Galway/Dundalk (1940 Athlone/Dundalk) services have been cancelled.
- Route 72, 1725, Limerick/Athlone & 1715 Athlone/Limerick have been cancelled
- Route 73 to Athlone will operate via Kilkenny and Carlow with some delays. However, 2200 service Carlow/Athlone service has been cancelled.
- Route 440, 1900 Westport/Athlone has been cancelled
Met Éireann have issued status Orange and Yellow weather warnings for scattered snow showers & icy conditions this weekend. Pls plan your journeys, bsafe & heed the following advice https://t.co/Cx4UIpYG1k Pls RT pic.twitter.com/3vltC9SluB
— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) December 8, 2017
Luas said that while its trams were operating without issue - it expected Monday's morning commute to be particularly busy in all directions.
Traffic volumes in the city centre will be heavier than normal on Monday 11 December 2017. Please plan and leave additional time for your journey on Monday morning. pic.twitter.com/eTZoK6sXek
— dublinbusnews (@dublinbusnews) December 8, 2017
It was a sentiment echoed by Dublin Bus, who is also telling its passengers to leave plenty of time to get to school, college, and work on Monday.
And planes to and from the UK have been impacted, with the the likes of Ryanair and Aer Lingus warning that a backlog and some delays might creep into Monday.
Due to adverse weather in the UK, a number of flights have been affected today. Further information: https://t.co/fS9nHYRd1V
— Ryanair (@Ryanair) December 10, 2017
Met Eireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack told RTE's Morning Ireland that Sunday night will be "bitterly cold as temperatures drop sharply everywhere this evening and tonight ranging from minus 2C to minus 8C.
She added: "There will be widespread severe frost and ice with dangerous conditions on untreated surfaces tonight and throughout rush-hour tomorrow."
Any lingering rain, sleet and snow in the south will soon clear. A few showers in Ulster and Connacht possibly wintry in nature, elsewhere it will be mostly dry. A severe frost tonight with lowest temperatures of -2 to -8 degrees. pic.twitter.com/HxtfbBc8dW
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 10, 2017
According to Met Éireann's website, there will be some 'treacherous conditions' on roads on Monday:
''Severe frost and ice on Monday morning with treacherous conditions on roads and footpaths. Frost will linger in sheltered areas for much of the day.
Dublin Traffic - Local Gardaí advising motorists not to
venture into the Dublin mountains as many roads are currently impassable due to adverse weather. Snow point in making unnecessary journeys today!
— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) December 10, 2017
"It will be bright with sunny spells. Scattered showers of rain and sleet will affect parts of Ulster, Connacht and west Munster.
"Highest temperatures of 2C to 7C with fresh north to northwest winds.''