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It's T minus 24 hours until we'll be heading off, backpack loaded down with cheaps cans and glitter, to Electric Picnic and we're sick with excitement.

Bring on three days of camping, dancing, and soaking up everything that the Stradbally festival has to offer.

If you're anything like us, you'll be up at the crack of dawn buzzing to go and get on the road.

If not, you might wanna reconsider your travel plans for tomorrow morning, EP organisers have warned.

They have told the expected 50,000 revellers to to give themselves a bit more time than usual to get to the campsite due to major roadworks. 

"We are urging everyone heading to Electric Picnic this Friday to give themselves plenty of time as roadworks are likely to considerably add to journey times," a spokesperson said.

"We would strongly recommend people to leave as early as possible and also to car pool if possible."

Sounds doable, right?

The on-going roadworks on the M7 are to blame for this as they have reduced junctions 8-11 to just two lanes with a 60km/hr speed limit on this stretch of road. 

Annoying as it may be, who wants to get held up in traffic when they could be chilling out in the Jimi Hendrix campsite?

 

Where it all begins. #ElectricPicnic

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If you're wondering what kind of clothes to pack, it looks like the weekend is set to be mainly dry with a mix of cloud and sunshine – we'll take that!

Sunday, bowever, might get a bit rainy so chuck in a raincoat just in case. 

While we want to have fun at EP, we can't forget that safety should always come first. 

Festival boss Melvin Benn has said to "behave safely and behave well but come and have the craic".

Sounds good to us – now roll on tomorrow! 

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A number of road closures and traffic restrictions have been put in place arounf the capital in order to facilitate the Dublin Marathon this morning.

Around 20,000 people are expected to take part in the race which kicks off in three separate waves between 9.00am and 9.30am on Fitzwilliam Street.

Participants will set off through the city centre toward Phoenix Park before heading back south toward Templeogue and around UCD before eventually finishing at Merrion Square North.

You can take a look at the full route here.

Merrion Square North will be closed from 7pm on Friday 27th until 4.00pm on Monday 30th. Merrion Square South and Merrion Square East will each be closed from 6.00am on Saturday 28th until 8.00pm on Sunday 29th.

The bus lane on the N11 Stillorgan Road will close both ways between Fosters Avenue and Nutley Lane, but the main carriageway will remain open.

The Luas Green Line will see delays from just before the start of the race until around 9.30am, and the Red Line will see delays until 10.15am.

Most traffic restriction are expected to be lifted by this evening.

You can see a full list of road closures on theaa.ie.

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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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Commuters are facing traffic chaos this evening as emergency services deal with two major incidents on the M50.

Traffic has come to a standstill and motorists are being warned to expect serious delays.

The middle and right lanes at J11 Tallaght are blocked as a result of a four car pile up. Gardaí and emergency services are at the scene and diversions are in place.

A second incident on the M50 northbound just before the M1 interchange has left three lanes blocked.

Meanwhile, AA Roadwatch are reporting heavy delays on the M50 southbound “due to onlookers to the crash”.

It is not known yet if anyone has been seriously injured following the collisions.

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Commuters are struggling to get to work this morning as six crashes have occurred across the capital.

Motorists are advised to take "extreme care" while driving in the wet conditions today.

Debris on the M50 caused traffic to slow down southbound between J7 Lucan and J9 Red Cow.

Meanwhile, two crashes occurred on the M1, with the first taking place on the top of M1 southbound at J4 Donabate.

The second was "on the slip road onto M1 southbound at J3 Swords at bad bend," according to AA Roadwatch.

In the city centre, inbound traffic was stopped at the North King Street and Church Street junction, with the traffic provider warning drivers to take a different route.

Back to the M50 and just under an hour ago there was a collision in the right lane of the M50 southbound just before the Lucan turn-off at J7.

Then heading over to the Northside, there was a crash on the Clontarf Road inbound just before the Alfie Byrne Road junction, which is still causing delays in both directions.

Be careful out there, ladies.

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If you're about to travel home, avoid the M50 at all costs.

On a good day it's like a car park, but this evening, two separate incidents have taken place, blocking several lanes on the motorway.

On the M50 Northbound, traffic is down to one lane following a car crash.

The collision happened just after the J6 Blanchardstown turn off. Major delays have also been reported as tailbacks occur towards the J7 Lucan turn-off and J9 Red Cow turn-off.

Meanwhile, traffic is also slow on the M1, after a truck lost its load.

According to M50 Dublin Traffic Twitter account, "A truck has shed it's load southbound between J5 Balbriggan and J4 Donabate blocking the middle lane.

"Emergency services on route. Caution advised."

There are also reports of train services being delayed through Connolly Station after a truck ran into Amein's Street Bridge.

Be careful out there.

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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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There is nothing better than a bank holiday, but those three-day weekend feels can be marred by heavy traffic.

Motorists are reminded to pay extra attention while driving over the weekend due to the bank holiday traffic. 

AA Roadwatch is reminding drivers that there will be tourists on the roads as well, who will be driving unfamiliar routes. 

'Well we expect traffic volumes to pick up earlier than usual in the cities as people leave work early for the Bank Holiday,' AA Roadwatch's Lauren Beehan told Breaking News.

'It's likeliest to be busiest around 1pm and 6pm, as well as the commuter routes in the cities you can expect delays in places like Naas, Adare and Carrick on Shannon,' she said.

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The Luas was out of action this evening between Beechwood and Stephen's Green on the greeen line – causing rush-hour chaos for thousands of commuters. 

Tram officials said that an earlier incident at Harcourt was to blame. 

The line has thankfully just reopened in the last few minutes, but there are delays are to be expected as services gradually return to normal.

"Green Line service has been restored with delays following earlier disruption," read a statement on Twitter. "We apologise for the inconvenience."

Pictures on social media this evening showed passengers making their journey home along the Luas tracks – many of whom were using their phones as torches to light up the ground ahead. 

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Earlier this week a crash on the M50 motorway caused the road to be closed for several hours and left many commuters stuck in traffic until the early afternoon.

A woman was critically injured in the incident involving her car and two trucks. Today the news has come that passed away after suffering serious injuries. 

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Following the crash, which took over Irish social media for the majority of Wednesday morning, one Irish woman’s poignant Facebook post went viral.

She urged people to think about others before themselves after the accident. 

Lira Marie Maher, a former model and business woman, lost her own father in a tragic collision only four months ago. She appeared on Ireland AM on Thursday morning and said she was “completely overwhelmed” with the reaction to her post.

She explained: I saw posts on Facebook with people ranting and raving about the traffic and I just thought it was a disgrace that no one would take a second to think of the woman who was injured." 

Lisa added that she knew what that woman’s family were going through and noted:

“We race through life, always in a rush… We should take a step back and say, life is more than this.”

She has urged people to think about others before themselves, adding: I'm not looking for an apology, but if this makes people stop and reassess themselves then that's a job well done”.

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Just when you thought it was safe to go to work again… you realise that the trains won't be running tomorrow morning.

Yup, a total of 41 Dart services, 45 Dublin Commuter services, 30 Cork Commuter services, and 42 Intercity/regional services will in all likelihood be cancelled (unless last-minute crises talks prove successful). Gulp!

Taking place from 6am to 9am as a result of industrial action by drivers, it's sure to cause commuters – to say the least – plenty of Friday mayhem. 

Trains that leave before the planned strike at 6am will continue to travel as normal, Irish Rail has confirmed. 

During a similar strike held last month, disgruntled passengers may remember that Hailo had one of its busiest mornings ever as thousands sought out alternative ways to get to work and college.

Today, the taxi company was encouraging anyone hitting the road before 9am tomorrow to plan their journey carefully.

From 7am to 10am it's also offering a helpful 20 percent off journeys – an incentive which proved hugely popular last time.

"The 20 percent discount codes will be displayed on our Facebook and Twitter profiles as soon as they are live," it added in a statement.

In addition, Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and Luas tram services will all be operating normally – albeit at full capacity so make sure to allow extra time for our trip.

More information is also available at irishrail.ie.

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As if Friday rush-hour traffic in our capital city wasn't bad enough – the Port Tunnel is currently closed in BOTH directions.

A northbound truck which went on fire a little after 7am is responsible for the disruption, with emergency services – including ten fire extinguishing vehicles – being called to the scene earlier today. The truck has been removed from the scene.

It has been reported that one man was taken to the nearby Mater hospital, and while there are no details of his condition, it is not thought his injuries are life-threatening.

Smoke could at one stage been seen billowing from the tunnel's entrance, but the flames have since been extinguished and engineers are on site to access the damage caused.

Unsurprisingly, traffic remains "very heavy" in the aftermath – a particular concern for anyone trying to make it to Dublin Airport for a morning flight.

Many reports on social media say that the roads surrounding the area and in the city centre are at a "standstill."

Via Twitter, the Dublin Fire Brigade highlighted that fire in an enclosed space presents an "extreme danger".

Many commuters reported that it took them four or five times the usual time to travel to their places of work. 

Rachel Last told independent.ie that it took her more than an hour to travel just 6.5km.

"I live in Swords – I used the back roads to get out when I left my home at 7.20am this morning.

"I then drove to Coolock to drop my son at my mother's before driving to the village where I got on a bus at 8am. 

"We drove for five minutes on the Malahide Road. We are now stuck in traffic at the Marino Fairview junction. We have been stuck here for at least 20 minutes.

"I spoke to another woman on the bus and she has been on it since 7.25am.

"People are getting off the buses on the Malahide Road and are walking the two or three miles [3-5km] to the city centre to get work," she said.

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