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Dublin: 7 °C Saturday 22 February, 2020

Website whiteout for transport information

As Dublin Airport and buses suspend services, several public transport and travel information sites crash.

DUBLIN AIRPORT has suspended all flights until at least 7pm. “Snow and ice-clearing teams are currently working to clear the main runway, taxiways and associated apron areas,” the airport’s Twitter account has just confirmed.

The clear information has been welcomed by those travelling in today’s snowy conditions. Twitter users and callers to RTE’s Radio One’s Liveline have been reporting this afternoon that Dublin Bus services were suspended at around 2.30pm this afternoon but the Dublin Bus website is down and spokespeople for the transport service have yet to respond to queries from about the curtailment of services. The Department of Transport’s website posted a statement from Dublin Bus at 14.51 that there is “currently a limited service operating on all routes” and that this is due to the extreme weather conditions, traffic congestion and “worsening roads condition”.

Also adding to the frustration of commuters trying to find out how they will make their way home from work this evening is the fact that other transport websites have also crashed. The Luas website for the electric tram system in the capital is down. The AA Roadwatch site is back up after a brief time out of service with the latest summary report posted at 14.52. The Iarnrod Eireann and Bus Eireann websites are also slow to load, most likely due to high traffic to the sites for updates.

The National Roads Authority is updating its road weather details at ten past the hour, every hour, so motorists can check conditions on roads all over the country.

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