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Dublin: 5 °C Monday 5 December, 2016
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IT’S THURSDAY: get through today and the weekend will be in touching distance.

We’ll be with you until 9am this morning, helping you get to where you need to go.

Good morning, folks.

Catherine Healy here on TheJournal.ie’s commuting liveblog, bringing you all the latest traffic, transport and weather news.

Spotted something we should know about? Email catherine@thejournal.ie, tips@thejournal.ie or tweet me @Chealy_.

Not while driving, obviously.

Let’s see what the weather has in store for us.

Met Éireann says the morning will be cold and frosty in many places, with showery rain and sleet affecting parts of the west and south.

Highest temperatures are expected to be just four to six degrees.

As you’re probably aware, there’ll be no Luas services running today or tomorrow as drivers strike over pay.

  • Buses, Darts and train services will all run as normal, but will almost certainly be busier – so plan accordingly.
  • Luas tickets will NOT be valid on other forms of transport.
  • Luas will NOT be providing an alternative transport service, so there will be no extra bus services in place to transport people from Luas stations.

Holders of seven-day, 30-day, monthly and annual Luas tickets are entitled to a refund for the strike days in question.

If you’re travelling in from the northside of Dublin this morning, the good news is you probably won’t be as affected by the Luas strike as those coming in from the south and west.

Live Drive says the worst affected routes will most likely be around Clonskeagh/Ranelagh.

This could have knock-on effect on the surrounding area, with the N11/Beaver Row/Merrion Road also taking on extra volumes as commuters look to find a good route to the southside.

The North Quays are also expected to be a problem as more people drive into the city centre.

Road temperatures of below zero have been reported on a number of routes across the country, so be careful while driving.

Look out for fog on roads in Carrick-on-Shannon, Cavan Town, Tullamore, Portlaoise, Mountrath and Abbeyleix.

The latest Dublin traffic updates, via AA Roadwatch:

  • It’s slow on the N4 Lucan Road inbound from J3 Lucan towards Palmerstown
  • Further in, the right turn for Kilmainham is busy from Con Colbert Road and it’s slow then on St. John’s Road West up to Heuston Station
  • Along the North Quays, it’s busy at Wolfe Tone Quay and again from Ormond Quay to Bachelors Walk
  • Traffic is heavy inbound through Fairview from the Malahide Road junction through to the Five Lamps on Amiens Street
  • It’s quite busy along the Grand Canal eastbound from Ranelagh to Leeson Street bridge
  • There are delays on the Navan Road inbound from railway bridge to the Ashtown roundabout
  • Traffic is busy but moving through Drumcondra inbound on the Swords Road
  • Poplar Row has reopened between the Ballybough Road junction and Annesley Bridge Road junction
  • On the M50 southbound, traffic is slow from J6 Blanchardstown to J10 Ballymount
  • It’s slow on the N7 Naas Rd inbound from Newlands Cross to the Red Cow interchange

It looks like icy roads are expected in the capital as well: our reporter (and occasional weather correspondent) Darragh Brophy spotted some gritting along the quays earlier this morning.

 

Here’s how the N11 and M50 are looking:

Meanwhile, the Tara Street collision has now been cleared, with delays improving on approach.

Traffic is heavier than usual on commuter routes across Dublin, particularly along the Grand Canal and on the Stillorgan Road.

The quays are also quite busy:

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There’s a car on fire on the M18 Galway/Limerick Road in Clare at the southbound exit for J9 Shannon.

Gardaí are advising drivers to exit at J8 Ballycasey instead.

Traffic continues to build on Dublin commuter roads, so leave extra time if you need to get to work.

If you’re affected by the Luas strike, nationaltransport.ie can help you plan your journey.

The latest on those Dart delays:

Meanwhile, on the M50:

Another collision on Tara Street in Dublin, this time involving a bus and van, is causing delays at the junction with Pearse Street.

Live Drive reports that the Dundrum bypass is now at a complete standstill, with commuters taking up to 50 minutes to drive from the M50 to the nearby Luas bridge.

On the M50, meanwhile, southbound traffic is slow from J5 Finglas to J11 Tallaght, while northbound traffic is heavy from before J13 Sandyford to J11 Tallaght.

The N7 Naas Road is slow inbound from J2 Kingswood to the Red Cow interchange.

There are also delays on the Rock Road from Booterstown Avenue to the Merrion Gates and then from St. Vincent’s Hospital to Ballsbridge on the Merrion Road.

Things aren’t too rosy on the M18 in Clare either:

And in Cork, it’s busy approaching the Dunkettle interchange from the N8 Dublin Road and N25 Waterford Road.

Traffic is heavy inbound on the South City Link Road from the South Douglas Road flyover through to Custom House Street, as well as on the N28 Ringaskiddy Road approaching the Shannonpark roundabout from Ringaskiddy.

There are delays towards Tivoli on the North Ring Road, inbound on the Lower Glanmire Road, on the Rochestown Road towards Douglas and inbound through Frankfield.

Outside of the capital, traffic is also busy now on the usual commuter routes into Galway city.

It’s slow travelling into the city on the N17 Tuam Rd from the Abbeyknockmoy turn-off to Claregalway, as well as on the Headford Road from before Ballinfoyle to the Kirwan roundabout.

Traffic is also heavy approaching Bóthar na dTreabh from both the N6 Dublin Rd and the Monivea Road.

Also in Cork, there are reports of broken glass on the N25 Cork/Waterford Road at the Little Island roundabout. Be careful on approach.

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