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'Significant delays' in and out of Heuston Station due to 'theft of cabling'

Signalling equipment between Newbridge and Kildare was damaged last night.

Heston Station in Dublin
Heston Station in Dublin
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Updated Oct 9th 2019, 8:19 AM

IARNRÓD ÉIREANN HAS said there will be “significant delays” in and out of Heuston station in Dublin this morning due to damage to the signalling system. 

Irish Rail said the damage to signalling equipment took place overnight between Newbridge and Kildare when cabling was stolen.

The company also warned that real-time information for services in and out of Heuston station is “not accurate” this morning due to the damage to signalling system. 

Irish Rail spokesperson Jane Cregan told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that some cabling was stolen, leading to this morning’s problems. 

“There was theft of cabling within our signalling system, as a result of that the signalling system is not working this morning and we have a manual system in place which takes longer for trains to get through that section,” Cregan said.

Our engineers are at site there replacing the cable at present and we’ll have an update again after nine o’clock. Obviously it will take some time to have the cabling replaced but we hope by mid-morning we’ll be back running on time. 
Irish Rail has since said that the signalling issues have now been rectified but that delays of up to 90 minutes can be expected due to the earlier issues. 

Knock-on effects are also being felt with services from Heuston to Portlaoise terminating at Newbridge in an effort to minimise delays to services into the city. 

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Newbridge/Hazelhatch services to Grand Canal Dock are also facing delays of about five minutes. 

There are also some delays to services on the Luas red line this morning after a failed tram had caused services to be stopped between Blackhorse and the city centre. 

Red Line services have now returned to all stops but schedules are expected to be impacted until about 8 am. 

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