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Dublin: 8°C Tuesday 19 January 2021
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Making an early break for home? Check these transport links first...

Some public transport still compromised by heavy snowfall and icy conditions.

Oscar Wilde spent a cold night in Merrion Square Park - he must have missed the last bus home
Oscar Wilde spent a cold night in Merrion Square Park - he must have missed the last bus home

COMMUTERS PLANNING AN early escape today should check their public transport websites before leaving the workplace. There are still a number of restrictions in place.

The Luas Red line is currently operating only between the Tallaght and Abbey Street stop (not to Connolly and beyond). The Green line is fine between St Stephen’s Green and Brides Glen. Thre are coaches substituting for trams between Sandyford and Brides Glen but be warned: they will not be stopping to collect or drop off passengers at the Cherrywood, Carrickmines or Laughanstown Luas stops.

Bus Eireann is running most routes around the country but there are some delays and a very few cancellations, such as Route 5 from Dublin/Waterford/Dublin. Check their comprehensive list here.

Dublin Bus is again struggling with seriously icy routes around the capital and its suburbs so while there are fewer entire routes cancelled today, there are some serious curtailments as detailed here.

DART and intercity trains are running with some delays due to a variety of problems from issues with points – and Heuston Station is still very busy and experiencing delays in arrivals and departures. Iarnrod Eireann’s Twitter account @IrishRail is one of the most helpful and frequently updated of all the public transport links.

Dublin Airport is back in business although there are still delays on some flights – see live arrivals and departures here. Although Gatwick Airport has reopened, some flights to and from that port have been cancelled altogether.

The National Roads Authority’s Sean O’Neill has said that local authorities have been ordered to mix salt with the same amount of sand to safeguard supplies of the gritting substance. The NRA claims it will be getting more deliveries of salt in and will have reserves of 50,000 tonnes by Christmas. A breakdown of the conditions on roads across the country is available here.

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