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Going somewhere nice for the Bank Holiday? Check your travel plans

Transport providers have issued a number of travel warnings as we head into the June Bank Holiday weekend.

23/10/2015. Train Strikes Industrial Disputes Source: Sam Boal/

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE will pile into planes, trains, and automobiles over the long weekend, hoping to take advantage of sunny weather either at home or abroad – but they could face some complications.

Transport providers have issued a number of travel warnings as we head into the June Bank Holiday weekend.

This includes significant disruption to some Irish Rail routes and a number of cancelled Bus Éireann services.

On the rails

Irish Rail passengers are being advised to check travel times before setting out on their trip, with a number of Sunday timetables operating on Monday with some extra alterations.

For anyone travelling to Bloom, there will be a shuttle service running from Parkgate Street directly to the gardening festival (and if you’re arriving at Connolly, you can hop on the 90 Dublin Bus down to Hueston). If you’re up for the Dublin v Laois match, Irish Rail are warning that all additional services operating after the match are sold out.

There will also be significant disruption to the southside Dart, Commuter and Rosslare Intercity Services. The process of changing the system of signals in place to allow for increased train services means that trains will not be running between Connolly and Dun Laoghaire.

6/11/2015. Train Strike Called Off. Early morning Source: Eamonn Farrell/

Dublin Bus will accept rail tickets, and there is a bus transfer from Connolly to Bray for anyone travelling further down the line. The Dundalk/Drogheda and Maynooth commuter services will operate to and from Connolly only.

Over at Heuston, line works will allow trains to travel faster once completed but for now means a revised timetable is in operation. Check before you make your trip to the station.

Although it looks like the threat of Luas strike action is thing of the past (for now), be aware that the red line between Abbey Street to The Point is closed until the end of July. A replacement bus service is in operation

In the air

If you’re flying, be prepared for disruption.

Dublin Airport is expecting its busiest weekend of the year so far with more than 355,000 passengers passing through the airport.

Ireland Aer Lingus Source: AP/Press Association Images

“This weekend is set to the busiest of the year so far so to ensure a smoother journey we would strongly advise passengers to prepare for security in advance and go directly to the security screening area once they have checked-in,” Dublin Airport spokeswoman Siobhán O’Donnell said in a statement.

The French air traffic controllers strike could also impact on Irish flights.

As per usual, aim to be in your terminal at least 90 minutes before your flight departs.

On the roads

Bank holidays are a dangerous time to be on the roads. Make sure to get there safely, don’t be tempted to have a pint in the beer garden before driving home, and reduce your speed.

It’s going to be busy in several areas with bank holiday festivals taking place, so best to pop over to AA Roadwatch before you hit the road.

A number of Bus Éireann services will be cancelled on Sunday and Monday, with a couple of exceptions and extra services on Monday. Check here for the full list.

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