Malahide viaduct rail line reopens


A full timetable of northern commuter services and Belfast Enterprise rail services  resumed today following work to repair the collapsed viaduct at Malahide.

According to Iarnród Éireann, replacement bus services provided for customers will no longer operate from today, while the strengthened bus services on routes 33x and 33d will be scaled back from Monday 16th November, with some services being retained for a short period only to facilitate customers with pre-paid bus tickets.

Rail tickets will no longer be valid on Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann services on the Northern line corridor.

Bus chiefs agreed to keep the 33X and 33D replacement services operating after rail passengers said they found them quicker and less crowded. Dublin Bus said the routes would be kept going for the next two weeks and scaled down gradually but could become permanent.

Elsewhere, the railway line between Arklow and Gorey is closed due to instability of an embankment at the railway line after heavy rainfall over recent days. The line is expected to remain closed until November 21st. Bus transfers are in operation.

Although a full accident report into the viaduct incident will not be published until the new year, Iarnród Éireann maintains that erosion of the weir at seabed level caused the support to one pier to be undermined.

Repair works costing €4 million to restore the viaduct included rebuilding the pier and strengthening foundations, strengthening all the piers along the viaduct and relaying the track.

Speed over the line will be reduced to 40km/h for the first two weeks, before being raised to 80kmh for another fortnight and then eventually 140km/h.

On August 21st, when a train driver spotted the signs of subsidence on the track, all trains were stopped before a 20 metre section of the viaduct collapsed into the sea.

Additional reporting PA