Weekend Travel


AA Roadwatch says most roadworks will be suspended over the Christmas but some large, long-term operations will continue.


Woodwall Road will remain closed at Barberstown level crossing until Sunday, January 28th, for track works.

Stevens Lane is closed until November 4th, 2001. Diversions will be in place via Bow Lane West, Bow Bridge, Military Road and St Johns West.


Resurfacing continues on the N8 through Johnstown until Christmas. Traffic restrictions and delays can be expected.


A flood relief scheme is in operation in Dromcolliher until Wednesday. Heavy vehicles cannot pass through the town during this time. They will divert at Buttevant, through Charleville, Rourkes Cross and on to Newcastle West.


The Christmas park 'n' ride service in Cork will continue between Victoria Cross and the Grand Parade until the New Year to cater for the January sales. The service will run every 10 minutes both ways, from Monday to Friday between 8.30 a.m. to 6.15 p.m., and on Sundays between 10.30 a.m. and 6.15 p.m.

Iarnrod Eireann

There will be alterations to regular timetables until January 2nd and extra services will be in operation. Full details of all holiday services are available from Iarnrod Eireann stations and offices and on its information line, 1850-366222.

There will be no train services on Iarnrod Eireann and Northern Ireland Railways on Christmas Day and St Stephen's Day. On Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, services on many Intercity routes and the CorkCobh suburban route will end early.


Normal Sunday DART and Drogheda suburban services will operate on Christmas Eve until 21.00 p.m. The last DART trains will be 21.10 p.m from Howth and 21.08 p.m. from Bray, both terminating in Connolly Station. On Wednesday and Thursday, DARTs will operate on a Saturday schedule.

There has been an increase in DART services to Malahide, Portmarnock and Greystones.

Bus Eireann

Normal weekday services will operate today and tomorrow. On Christmas Eve, normal Sunday services will operate with a number of cancellations. City, suburban and commuter routes will terminate early. There will be no services on Christmas Day. On St Stephen's Day, there will be a limited service on main Expressway routes, Cork and the Limerick/Ennis route.

On New Year's Eve, normal Sunday services will operate with a number of cancellations. Sunday services with some alterations will operate on Monday, January 1st. Full weekday services will resume on January 2nd. Timetables are available from Bus Eireann offices. Eireann travel centres.

Aer Rianta

From today to Sunday, Aer Rianta expects over 142,000 passengers to pass through Dublin Airport. Over the entire Christmas period, Aer Rianta estimates a record 972,000 passengers will pass through Cork, Dublin and Shannon airports. Extra flights and increased capacity have been added.

Some information supplied by AA Roadwatch.

Road Deaths

There were eight deaths on the road this week, bringing to 408 the number of road deaths this year.