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Dublin: 7°C Friday 15 January 2021

Getting to Northern Ireland is going to be really difficult today

That means no Ulsterbus, Metro or Northern Ireland Railway services.

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Update 13 March, 10.15am

STRIKE ACTION WILL cause all public transport to grind to a halt in Northern Ireland today.

Translink is advising its customers that it won’t be operating any scheduled bus or train services due to the strike action by the Unite and GMB trade unions.

The bus service to Belfast today will limited, with no service between 6pm and 11pm – peak hours for weekend commuters.

Buses will be running on a Bus Eireann service at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 17pm and 11pm.

There will be only one service running from Dublin to Derry this evening at 6.15pm.

The cross-border train service that runs from Dublin’s Connolly station to Belfast Central is completely out of operation today.

Motorists in Northern Ireland are today being permitted to drive in bus lanes today by the Department of Regional Development.

Ciaran Rogan of Translink said, “I would like to apologise to all our passengers who will be inconvenienced by this strike action which is unfortunately beyond our control.”

However, it is understood that anybody who pre-purchased a ticket online will be compensated.

Those customers will be emailed with options of a full refund or change of travel date.

Picketing is taking place outside stations in Northern Ireland including Belfast Central train station and the Europa Bus Station.

Services will return to normal on Saturday 14 March.

First published 06.00am 

Additional reporting by Michael Sheils McNamee 

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