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File photo of a garda roadblock during the October flooding in Dublin. Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland
DART

Flood-damaged rail line back in operation today

The stretch of line between Grand Canal Dock and Sydney Parade was closed due to river bed erosion following the October floods.

THE RAIL LINE between Grand Canal Dock and Sydney Parade closed since Thursday 27 October due to flood damage has reopened this morning.

The line was closed after severe flooding on 24 October caused two trees to fall into the water and lodge near the Dodder Bridge to the south of Lansdowne Road Station.

The trees caused other debris to build up under the bridge and an inspection carried out by divers found erosion to the river bed in the vicinity of one of the bridge’s support piers. Iarnród Éireann closed the line as a precaution and to allow the necessary repair work to be carried out.

The rail company says that full DART services and the full Gorey/Rosslare schedule will operate from today, and it apologises to anyone inconvenienced since the line closed 11 days ago.

Engineers had aimed to reopen the bridge on 11 November, but Iarnród Éireann said recently that the repair work was proceeding quicker than planned.

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