Storm Emma: Guide to Irish airports, public transport, road conditions
Transport update: Irish Rail, Bus Éireann, Luas, Dublin Bus, Ryanair and Aer Lingus services halted
All airlines operating out of Dublin Airport have suspended operations on Thursday with no flights likely to depart until Saturday at earliest
Ryanair said all of its flights scheduled to and from Dublin, Cork, Kerry, Knock and Shannon Airports on Friday were cancelled.
Cork Airport has closed and and normal operations are not expected to resume until Saturday morning.
Shannon Airport said it remained operational as of this afternoon but is closely watching weather patterns. It is experiencing a significant number of flight cancellations and it strongly advises passengers intending to fly from, or travel to Shannon to contact their airline.
Ireland West Airport in Knock continues to operate as normal but the roads leading to it are treacherous. Several flights to and from the UK have been cancelled.
A spokeswoman for DAA said that it had been able to keep Dublin Airport open on Thursday morning but that clearing the runways had been “exceptionally challenging” with snow accumulating almost as fast as it was being removed.
All airlines had suffered massive disruption as hundreds of flights across all airlines had been cancelled, she said.
Road conditions are being reported as difficult throughout the country, but volumes of traffic are light. Motorists are being advised not to drive unless they absolutely have to.
In Dublin there are difficult conditions on the M1, M50 and the N3 motorways. The right lane of the M1 northbound between Donabate and Balbriggan is blocked by snow. The N81 is reported to be impassable between Blessington and Tallaght.
There are very poor conditions with thick snow across most parts of Cork. Thick snow is already being reported on the roads across most parts of the south-east.
All counties are reporting heavy snow in their areas with difficult conditions for motorists.
Irish Rail will operate as normal subject to delays but there will be no train services after 2pm on Thursday and services are unlikely to resume before 12pm on Friday.
Widespread snow showers moving east to west this morning.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) March 1, 2018
Current temps around the country ranging -3 to -6°C.
Snow showers continuing this morning & afternoon with more persistent snow pushing up from the south east later this afternoon & evening in strengthening easterly winds. pic.twitter.com/ey62jx7Itk
The final trains on Thursday are as follows:
Belfast: 12.35 Belfast to Dublin Connolly;13.20 Dublin Connolly to Belfast
Sligo: 11.00 Sligo to Dublin Connolly; 11.05 Dublin Connolly to Sligo
Rosslare: 07.50 Rosslare Europort to Dublin Connolly; 09.40 Dublin Connolly to Rosslare Europort
Waterford: 11.00 Waterford to Dublin Heuston; 10.15 Dublin Heuston to Waterford
Northern Commuter: 13.15 Dublin Pearse to Drogheda; 12.30 Drogheda to Dublin Pearse
Maynooth Commuter: 12.48 Dublin Pearse to Maynooth; 13.40 Maynooth to Dublin Pearse
DART: final services to be confirmed, expected 13.00 approximately
Cork: 12.00 Dublin Heuston to Cork; 11.25 Cork to Dublin Heuston
Tralee: 13.20 Mallow to Tralee; 13.05 Tralee to Cork
Cork Commuter: 13.00 Cork to Cobh; 13.15 Cork to Middleton
Limerick: Connecting Limerick to Limerick Junction services to Cork trains
Galway: 11.05 Galway to Dublin Heuston; 13.00 Dublin Heuston to Galway (special)
Westport: 12.45 Dublin Heuston to Westport; 09.45 Westport to Dublin Heuston
Western Rail Corridor: 10.00 Ennis to Galway; 10.30 Galway to Ennis.
All Luas services were suspended at 12pm. Luas trams are running on the lines but they will be empty. They are runing to ensure that the power to the overhead lines is still working and that the tracks are kept free of snow accumulations.
Bus Èireann has cancelled all passenger and school transport services on Thursday. The company has promised to review the situation on Friday, but anticipated further “significant disruption”.
There will be no services on Thursday and or Friday.
Dublin Bikes stations are currently closed and will remain so until further notice.
All Irish Ferry and Stena Line services to and from Dublin Port to Holyhead have been cancelled on Thursday.