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According to the official Luas website, there will be no Red or Green Line services tomorrow morning.

It is understood that an incident occurred in the Luas Depot, Red Cow, in Clondalkin earlier today whereby a technical room was damaged as a result of Hurricane Ophelia. 

"It will take time to investigate the damage caused and time to repair. We are not able to give an estimate in relation to the time it will take,"  reads the statement.

Luas will inform customers, media and the public about Luas services post a 12 noon meeting tomorrow. 

The public are assured that Luas tickets will be accepted on Dublin Bus services from start of Bus Services. 

 

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Members of the public who were relying on the Luas to get them home today will need to make alternative arrangements following the announcement the tram service will be brought to a halt in the next two hours.

According to the website, the decision has been made to suspend services due to the imminent arrival of hurricane Ophelia in the country's capital.

"The Luas Red and Green Line services will be curtailed from 10 am onwards today.Trams are being brought back to the Luas depots where they will be stored safely," read the statement.

"There will be no tram service from approx. midday for the remainder of the day," it continued.

This decision was made for a number of reasons which they cited in ther statement, writing: "Electricity in the overhead power lines must be turned off and cannot be turned on until a visual and technical inspection is under taken this evening."

They added: "Staff Safety is our priority and the infrastructure will also need to be checked for debris and water levels."

Luas will review the situation on an ongoing basis and is taking advice from Met Éireann and the National Emergency Coordination Committee. 

It has been confirmed that normal service will resume tomorrow at 05.30.

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Late yesterday evening, Met Éireann extended its Red Weather Warning to the entire country, meaning all schools and many businesses have been forced to close their doors for the day. 

As ex-hurricane Ophelia makes its way across the Atlantic and over the island of Ireland, transport companies across the country are gearing up for a day of disruption and travel chaos. 

This is where we stand so far: 

Luas

Both Red and Green lines are up and running though the company has asked customers to check social media for updates throughout the day. 

Dublin Bus 

As of now, Dublin Bus services are operating as normal, though 'significant disruption' is expected during off-peak times (9.00-18.00), including the possibility of no service during this time. 

Customers have also been warned they may experience delays and disruption on those routes that are in operation. 

Iarnród Éireann 

Train services on DART Intercity and commuter are currently in operation, with the exception of the following routes:

  • Limerick Junction to Waterford

  • Limerick to Ballybrophy via Nenagh 

A speed restriction of 80 kilometres per hour is also in place, resulting in delays of 15 – 30 minutes on the following services:

  • Cork to Dublin

  • Tralee to Cork and Dublin

  • Waterford to Dublin

  • Rosslare Europort to Dublin 

Bus Éireann 

As it stands, all Bus Éireann services nationwide have been cancelled between 5.00 and 14.00 today. More updates are expected later in the morning. 

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In a bid to combat anti-social behaviour on the capital's Luas lines, Transdev have launched a text service which allows passengers to report incidents of that nature.

Commuters on Dublin's light rail tram system are encouraged to text their location and message along with the keyword 'LUAS' to 51444 if they witness antisocial behaviour.

The message, which can be 155 characters in length, will be responded to within 90 seconds in order to reassure the sender that the message has been met by Luas staff.

Commenting on the launch, Dervla Brophy, communications manager at Transdev, says that the new service will be welcomed by Luas users.

"Luas is a safe, punctual and reliable tram service which Dublin has come to love, but we are always aiming to improve passenger satisfaction with the service."

"Passengers have mentioned that a simple, discreet way to inform Luas of people misbehaving would be a good idea," she added. "This pilot we hope will inform us about customer feelings and assist us with our response".

Echoing this, Anne Graham CEO of National Transport Authority, highlighted the benefits of the launch.

 "This new service means that Luas staff can be made aware of these incidents and can respond to them quicker than ever, so that journeys can be even safer and more pleasant for everybody."

 

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If you're a cyclist in Dublin City, you may have come across the small issue of not being able to bring your bike on the Luas. 

If you have a super long commute and want to bike to a Luas stop and tram the rest of the way, there are stations at which you can secure your bike.

But nothing strikes fear into the hearts of men quite like leaving your bicycle unattended in Dublin, never mind then getting the Luas miles away from it. 

Paranoia ensues, and there is a major fear that when you return to the Bike & Ride, you will be met with a skeleton of your beloved bike, or worse, no bike at all. 

Fold up bikes are permitted on board, but we would need a small loan of one million dollars to afford one, so that option is out. 

Dublin Senator Neale Richmond is calling for the Luas line to be opened up to cyclists at off-peak times. 

'I am requesting something very doable here,' he told Dublin Live. 

'Other tram services across Europe have limited access to two bikes per service and this is a reasonable compromise.'

'This is the international norm where cities such as Edinburgh, Bordeaux and London allow their metro and tram systems to accommodate cyclists.'

'If Transdev cannot accommodate any bike carriages even during off-peak services then it is clear we have a larger problem of capacity on our Luas services,' he said.

This could be seriously helpful for those who have to get the bus and the Luas to get to work every day. 

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The Luas Cross City project is ongoing, and is in the final stages of completion.  

The first passenger services will be launched in December, and tram testing is underway.

According to a statement from Luas Cross City, there is still a bit of work to be done, and so there will be disruption to traffic this Bank Holiday weekend. 

There will be significant traffic disruption on the North and South quays on the approach to O’Connell Bridge.

There will be full closure of the South Quays at O’Connell Bridge from 8pm on Friday 4th August until 6am on Saturday 12 August.

Full depth road reconstruction will be underway at Aston Quay and Burgh Quay to create new resurfaced carriageways.

This is to replace the temporary road surfaces which have been in place during the construction stages of the project.

In addition, there will be smaller works taking place on Bachelor’s Walk, reads the report. 

O’Connell Bridge will remain open to Northbound and Southbound traffic. 

Drivers are advised to use use alternative routes if travelling through the city, as traffic diversions will apply and delays are expected.

If you are travelling up for any sporting events, you can see the maps of diversions here.

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If it seems like the Luas Cross City route has been under construction for all eternity, that’s because it has.

But thankfully, the end is almost in sight.

And while we’ll soon be crossing the city in style, we will need to suck up a few more disturbances in the meantime, and it comes in the form of traffic disruptions at the beginning of August.

To facilitate essential work on the new route, there will be significant traffic disruptions on Dublin’s North and South Quays in effect from 8pm on Friday August 4 until 6am on Monday August 14.

Traffic travelling across O’Connell Street from North to South will be facilitated, however the public is being advised to expect significant traffic delays.

Further to this, there will be significant traffic disruptions on the North Quays (night time works only), inbound, on the approach to O’Connell Bridge beginning Tuesday 1st August.

The South City Quays at O’Connell Bridge (Aston Quay and Burgh Quay) will be closed to allow for Luas Cross City works with major traffic disruption expected on both sides of the River Liffey.

The Garda Press Office has provided the public with some helpful guidelines in order to best navigate the coming weeks in the city-centre:

1. Both North and South routes over O’Connell Bridge will remain open for a restricted capacity of vehicles but westbound traffic will be diverted through D’Olier Street and College Green

2. College Green will allow private cars access to the West of Dublin city for the duration of the quays’ closure.

3. On the north-side, restrictions will be put in place on Bachelor’s Walk and Ormond Quay Upper.

4. There will be no through-route past O’Connell Bridge on the South Quays and no right turn onto the bridge.

5. The public transport corridor that exists on Dame Street will be opened up to all traffic for the duration of the works (travelling Southbound only).

6. Traffic will be able to travel North from Westmoreland Street onto O’Connell Bridge but will not be able to turn left at the junction with Westmoreland Street and Aston Quay.

 

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There are major delays all over the city this afternoon, so if you're out and about, be very wary.

Traffic lights are out of order on O'Connell Bridge on both sides, which is causing a heavy car build up throughout the North Quays.

AA Roadwatch has reported on Twitter that the lights are out of action due to the road works taking place on the bridge.

It has been said that drivers and public transport users are facing delays of nearly an hour throughout the city centre.

There is also heavy traffic inbound on St John's Road West by the Heuston Quarter.

Meanwhile, Luas users are facing delays on the Red Line.

There was an accident at the Kylemore stop, and even though the Luas is still operating, it's warning its passengers to expect delays.

It is expected that heavy rain and wind will sweep across the country, and motorists are being warned to be careful on the wet roads.

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If you struggle to remember what Dublin city centre looked like without an abundance of roadworks, railings and hastily-placed signs, you're not alone.

With the construction of the new Luas Cross City route dating back four years at this stage, it's no surprise many of us feel like we'll never actually see the day the new route goes into operation.

But it looks like it'll be sooner rather than later.

At 7am this Saturday, two trams will tentatively begin their maiden voyage across the new route, moving between St. Stephen’s Green, College Green and over to O’Connell Street.

The following day a similar test run will take place between Broadstone and Cabra.

The scheduled tests seek to ensure the infrastructure of the trams and allow for checks to be made by the engineering team.

The movements will be controlled by test marshals and supported by An Garda Siochána, and will draw to a close at approximately midday,
 

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If you're due to use the Red Line Luas this morning, it might be worth considering an alternative mode of transport.

According to the tram operator's social media feed, the Luas has experienced technical difficulties on the route which serves the city centre.

Following numerous updates, the latest post, which was uplaoded 20 minutes ago, confirms that the Red Line Luas is running from Tallaght/ Saggart to Smithfield only.

Tram operators have assured customers that tickets will be accepted on Dublin Bus.

Customers have wasted no time communicating their displeasure with the lack of communication in the wake of the technical disruption.

"My luas ticket was rejected to be used on the Dublin bus, awful system that you have, and I want my money back, wrote one member of the public.

"Are you making announcements at the other stops? I had to tell someone who was visually impaired! No announcements and unable to see sign," highlighted another.

The Green Line service is operating normally.

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A 13-year-old girl was robbed on the Luas Green Line last week.

According to The Journal, the teenager was on her way home fom Dundrum after a day out with her friends.

While on the tram, she was approached by a man and a woman who verbally abused her, before threatening to stab her.

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The woman pulled out a flick knife on the young girl before stealing her phone.

Gardaí have described the duo as a male in his 20s with short brown hair, wearing a grey and navy tracksuit and runners.

The woman is also in her 20s, with long black hair and wore a black skirt and black boots at the time.

The girl was understandably shaken after the incident and Gardaí are currently investigating the attack.

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Trying to get around the city hasn't been particularly easy these past few years thanks to the Luas Cross City works, but now the end is in sight.

And it looks pretty damn good.

With the news that the first tests will be carried out this June, it looks like we won't have long to wait, and now an official picture has been released of what the Luas lines will actually look like.

As well as the Green and Red Line, there's going to be the Cross City Line which has brought with it an abundance of new stops.

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Dawson Street, Westmoreland Street, College Street, O’Connell Street, Parnell Street, Dominick Street and Marlborough Street will welcome new Luas stops, as well as Boombridge, Tallaght and Cabra.

With test runs being carried out during the summer months, there also has to be extensive driver training, so it's looking like the big launch will be December 2017.

Are we already planning our Christmas shopping route? Yes.

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