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Dublin: 9 °C Saturday 24 March, 2018

Transport update: Luas, bus and train services curtailed due to snow

Flights from Dublin Airport are also affected.


STORM EMMA, WHICH is meeting a wind system known as The Beast From The East, is causing travel disruption already.

The weather system saw heavy snowfall overnight, with up to ten centimetres in places. Met Eireann has issued a red weather warning due to the snowfall.

That means many roads have heavy accumulations on them and that driving will be treacherous.


A statement from Dublin Bus says:

“Dublin Bus wishes to advise customers that due to severe weather conditions overnight, there will be significant disruption to services this morning.

This page will be updated with more detail on specific routes shortly.

“The safety of our customers and our employees is of paramount importance.

“Dublin Bus is reviewing the situation on an ongoing basis and is taking advice from Met Éireann and the National Emergency Co-ordination Committee. The safety of our customers and our employees is of paramount importance.”

Bus Eireann has also cancelled a number of services.

“We wish to advise customers that School Transport Services in areas affected by the Status Red weather warning will not operate – Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Wicklow

“All Expressway services from Dublin are cancelled. Expressway services from outside Eastern Region are unable to operate past Dublin Airport/into Dublin. 20/x20 is terminating at Athlone.”

Services in Athlone, Cork and across the east are affected. A full list is here.


At Dublin Airport, a number of flights have been cancelled already as snow clearing on the runway is underway.

The road to Terminal One was also closed due to heavy snow but has reopened.

A statement said:

“Passengers are advised to check latest flight information with their airline before coming to the airport today.

“Our snow and ice teams are working hard to clear the airfield.”

Flight operations have resumed, but delays are expected.

The following flights bound for Dublin Airport diverted to Shannon Airport due to the temporary closure of Dublin Airport:

  •  EI 100 from Newark
  •  EI 104 from JFK
  •  EI 130 from  Hartford Connecticut
  •  EI 136 from Boston
  •  ET 504 from Addis Ababa
  •  ET 500 from Addis Ababa
  •  TNT Cargo from Liege

Cork Airport is suspending operations until 12 noon to allow for further clearing of snow from the runway and taxiways. Passengers are advised to contact their airline.


Irish Rail says that as yet there is limited disruption on its services due to the weather, including the Dart. There is a 20 minute delay on services leaving Heuston station due to a points issue and 20-40 minute delays on Dart and commuter lines. Northbound Dart services are accepting Dublin Bus tickets.

The Cobh-Cork route is not running and Irish Rail says to prepare for some delays as snow is cleared. Maynooth/Sligo/Phoenix Park Tunnel line customers are currently delayed due to points issue at Glasnevin. Irish Rail says it hopes to have people moving soon.


All Luas lines are operating a reduced service. The company says it is running “very reduced frequency”.

“The Luas Red Line is operating from Tallaght and Saggart to The Point – the service is limited.

“Luas Green Line service is operating from Sandyford to Broombridge, no service from Sandyford to Brides Glen- this service is limited also.”


Irish Ferries services are operating as normal except the Swift sailings, which have been cancelled.

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