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The Luas website has been taken down this morning, after a hacker left a message for the transport system.

Before the page was removed from the web, when customers went to the website, the usual information didn't appear.

Instead a message showed up saying that if one bitcoin wasn't deposited within five days, their data would be released. 

The text read: "You are hacked. Some time ago I wrote that you have serious security holes."

"You didn't reply, the next time someone talks to you, press the reply button."

"You must pay 1 bitcoin in 5 days, otherwise I will publish all data and send emails to your users."

The hacker then left an address for the bitcoin to be deposited to. 

On Twitter, Luas have asked customers to call 1850 300 604 if they require any information or have queries.

They ask for passengers not to click onto the Luas website, and they are working to resolve the issue.

It's never a quiet moment on the Internet.

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There has been a disruption in the Luas Green Line due to an unknown incident in Milltown.

All service has been halted from Ballally to St Stephen's Green.

The company recently tweeted that the "Greenline is operating with a limited service from Broombridge St Stephens Green and from Balally to Bridesglen.

"There is no service from Balally to St Stephens Green in either direction."

Details of the described incident that caused delays have not been released yet at this time.

In response, Dublin Bus Services will be accepting Luas tickets for the duration of the delays.

The Luas operators assure the public that all Red Line services are operating normally, and they apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result.

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Southsiders – get ready to weep.

The construction of the Metro could reportedly halt Luas Green Line services between Harcourt and Sandyford for anywhere between 18 to 24 months.

Michael McDowell, former Tanaiste and leader of the Progressive Democrats party made the claim in his weekly column in the Sunday Business Post about the stoppage.

Subscription readers of the Sunday Business Post also learnt from Mr McDowell, that every portion of the Luas Green Line would have to undergo a rebuild of their platforms to elevate them.

This comes as the National Transport Authority plans to use high floor metro trains. 

"This means, in turn, that Luas-type trams will never again be able to operate on that portion of the line," wrote Mr McDowell. 

The proposed Metro for the Dublin area would run from Swords to Sandyford, the date of completion or the start of the building has not yet been made public. 

Before construction has even commenced, the Metro has caused controversy.

Player Jonny Cooper from a Dublin GAA club, Na Fianna took to Twitter to express how the proposed plans would impact their community. 

This isn't the first time former Tanaiste, McDowell has had qualms with the "monster" Metrolink. 

In an April blog, he penned how "we could build between seven and ten surface Luas lines," with the funding for the new Metro.

"Areas such as Glasnevin, Rathfarnham, Coolock, Ballymun, Lucan, Churchtown, Sallynoggin, Deans Grange, Clonsilla, and Palmerstown could be given a Luas tram service as successful and as convenient as the existing Luas Red and Green lines."

 

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It is understood that Gardaí are on high alert following reports of teenage girls being ‘groped’ on the Luas Green Line.

The incidents are said to have taken place between Brides Glen and Broombridge.

The Gardaí have been informed of four cases where one man tried to grope schoolgirls on the Luas.

The man in question had been arrested by An Garda Síochána after the alleged attacks but he was released without charge.

An alert has been issued to every Garda station in the Dublin area.

A source told The Irish Sun: 'These incidents are being treated as serious and that’s why an alert was sent to every station warning Gardaí about these approaches.'

'The man’s image has been circulated in case there are approaches on other Luas lines and Gardaí will be maintaining vigilance.'

'If people are concerned about approaches being made to them, they should contact the Gardaí immediately,' they added.

Luas has yet to comment on the issue as it is a legal matter.

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If you are one of many Luas users who suspect you have been overcharged on your fare, it may come down to something known as 'clock drift'.

According to a number of reports this morning, clock inaccuracies on a number of validator machines have seen passengers charged peak-time fares despite not travelling during peak-time.

A disparity of two and a half minutes has resulted in widespread fare inaccuracies – an issue which is being rectified by Transdev.

"It is possible that PC clock drift can occur due to hardware or software faults or device restarts," the operator confirmed. "This issue has been checked by our technicians and a fix will be implemented shortly."

"The fare you pay is determined by tag-on time rather than tag-off time. If a device time was incorrectly set you could pay peak rate (€2.50 max) rather than off-peak rate (€2.45 max) during the period the device was away from real time."

"The inverse is also true, the device would charge off-peak rates at the other end of the time window," they added.

The validators are set by AFCS and CSS.

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North Dublin commuters will soon see their journey times shortened with the introduction of a new bus service connecting Finglas to the Luas Green Line at Broombridge.

A preliminary agreement has reportedly been reached between the National Transport Authority and Dublin Bus, with both parties backing plans for the new route to be put in place as soon as possible.

Its understood that the service could be up and running as soon as March 2018.

Fine Gael Deputy Noel Rock said he is hopeful the new bus route may pave the way for the Luas being extended out to Finglas.

"Historically Finglas has been badly underserved by public transport," he said.

"I have campaigned for, first of all, a bus link to connect Finglas with the existing Luas line and then to demonstrate the demand that is there in order to maybe demonstrate the case for building out a Luas extension into Finglas in the future," the Fine Gael TD added.

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You know it's Christmas when the Luas is running late.

Night Luas Services are begin this weekend, with some trams running as late as 3am.

Night trams will operate in both directions, on both the Green Line and Red Line, including the Green Line extension.

 The late trams will run over the festive season, ending on New Year's Eve.

On Christmas Eve Sun Luas services will end at 8pm.

On Christmas Day, there will be no Luas services whatsoever (hey, everyone deserves that day off)

Late night shopping, here we come. 

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If you rely on the Luas green line as part of your evening commute, it's time to make alternate arrangements.

According to the official Luas Twitter page, there has been severe disruption on the Green Line this evening.

Emerging news reports confirm that there has been a collision at the junction of Harcourt St and Hatch St.

"No service between Beechwood and St. Stephen's Green due to an RTA at Harcourt," reads their latest tweet.

"Dublin Bus have been activated for the duration of the service disruption. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused."

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It may seem like an eternity since work began on extending the Luas line, but the end is finally in sight. 

It has finally been confirmed that the Luas will be open to the public in less than a month. 

According to a tweet from the tram system, the extended line will be in operation from December 9. 

The Luas Twitter posted a survey, asking commuters if they will be using the new extended green line. 

The extension will be open just in time for Christmas shoppers to access all of Dublin's retail hot spots.

The line will host 13 new stops, extending from St Stephens Green all the way to Cabra. 

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Get your change ready, as prices are set to increase for passengers of Dublin Bus and Luas services from December 1.

When it comes to Dublin Bus, most fares will not see an increase.

There is no change to fares for shorter journeys or for longer journeys.

However, fares for mid-range journeys are to increase by approximately 5pc.

This increase sees journeys which usually cost €2.05 will now cost €2.15 for those using Leap Cards. 

For those using cash, a mid-range journey usually costing €2.70 will now cost €2.85. 

According to Dublin Bus, 2/3rds of cash customers can beat the increase by moving to Leap Cards. 

Use of Leap Card will be up to 28pc cheaper than cash, according to a statement from Dublin Bus. 

When it comes to Luas commuters, Luas prices will rise by 5pc, bringing them in line with Dublin Bus prices. 

There will also be the introduction of a new €1.00 city centre fare for off peak hours. 

For those who use public transport enough to reach the €40.00 adult or €30.00 student weekly cap, you'll be happy to hear that no change will be made to this cap despite the fare hikes. 

When it comes to Iarnród Éireann, fares are to increase by 1.4pc.

Outside of Dublin, some bus fares will be decreased. 

Galway, Cork and Limerick and will see a decrease in Bus Eireann fares. 

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If you were one of the thousands affected by the disruption to the Luas service this morning, then it's highly likely you were holding out hope the matter would be addressed in time for your commute home this evening.

Unfortunately, it's not meant to be.

According to the official website, the service will will not resume on the Red and Green Lines today, but will resume tomorrow morning at 5.30am.

Informing the public of the situation in recent minutes, Transdev explained "Hurricane Ophelia damaged the roof on the Red Cow depot yesterday at approximately 14:30 The roof is being repaired today – the firm contracted to repair the roof have estimated it will take the whole day." 

"The section of roof damaged is over what is known as technical rooms. Within those rooms are Luas systems. Those systems, for example, assist with overhead power and the AVLS, which is the automatic vehicle location system. "

"These are necessary to run the Luas operation. These rooms and systems are being assessed for damage and assessed in relation to possible repair."

"It is therefore not possible for Luas services to resume at this point. Continuous assessment is being carried out and we will update Luas customers via the media and Luas Communication Channels as soon as it is possible to do so."

"We are keeping NECC, NTA, TII informed on all matters. Luas would like to thank Customers for their understanding and patience and assure them we are working to restore a safe tram service as early as possible."

Sorry guys, looks like it's going to be another messy evening ahead.

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Commuter chaos continues this morning as transport companies work to repair the damages caused by ex-Hurricane Ophelia.

With Luas services down and lengthy rail delays expected, those travelling for work this morning have been advised to check social media updates before heading off on their journey.

This morning's public transport updates at a glance:

Ianród Éireann

All services return to normal on Tuesday morning with the exception of:

  • Limerick to Balybrophy via Nenagh services cancelled (bus substitution in place).

  • 09:45 Westport to Dublin Heuston cancelled.

Delays of 10-15 minutes on a number of Intercity routes including Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Rosslare expected due to clearing remaining debris off line.

Dublin Bus 

All services operating as normal with the exception of some minor diversions. 

Routes 7d, 59 and 111 are unable to serve Ulverton Road and are using Hyde Road and Castle Park Road.

Route 66 toward Maynooth unable to serve Collinstown.

Luas tickets can be used on Dublin Bus while the Red and Green lines are down.

Bus Éireann 

All services to return to normal, though updates are expected throughout the morning. 

Some delays and cancellations are to be expected due to fallen trees.

You can keep up to date with all the latest information here. 

Luas

No services until further notice. 

The situation is to be reviewed at lunchtime today. 

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