Transport networks start to recover in storm’s aftermath

Delays and cancellations reported as the country counts the cost of the latest storm system to sweep across the country

People have been advised to stay indoors this afternoon as a severe storm sweeping the county is damaging buildings, blowing down trees and making roads impassable. Video: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

 

Transport networks are recovering after the havoc across Ireland caused by yesterday’s storm.

Some delays and cancellations have been reported as the country counts the cost of the latest storm system to sweep across the country.

Bus transfers remain in operation for rail users between Tralee and Mallow due to a power outage on the route. Bus transfers are also in operation between Limerick and Athenry due to a storm damage.

Dart and commuter rail services in Dublin are running normally. Dublin to Cork services are operating with some delays and Dublin to Waterford services are operating as normal.

All Dublin Bus routes are now operating as normal.

Meanwhile, Dublin Airport said it was expecting normal flight operations this morning but advised would-be passengers to check with airline websites before heading to the airport.

Shannon Airport resumed normal operations last night after they had been stood down due to the strength of the winds. Cork Airport also advised checking in with airlines before travelling for flights.

A number of ferry services have been cancelled or delayed. All Swift sailings on the Dublin/Holyhead route have been cancelled and Irish Ferries says all passengers will be transferred to the Ulysses sailings.

AA Roadwatch has advised drivers to stick to main roads, as back roads and less critical routes may still be blocked by trees of wind-swept debris. It also advised that since these routes will be busier than normal, to leave extra time to complete journeys.

Over 11,000 broadband and telephone customers were without service last night as the storm caused power cuts and blew down telephone lines. An Eircom spokesman said the number of customers experiencing a loss of service was expected to rise as more faults were reported.

Vodafone warned last night that some customers might experience coverage issues in parts of Galway, Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Limerick,Mayo Wexford, Kilkenny, Laois and Clare.