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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# off the rails

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80% of Britain’s train services expected to be cancelled by biggest rail strike in a generation
Passengers will face commuter chaos from today due to the biggest strike by rail workers in 30 years.
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Underground Dart line mothballed for 20 years, according to updated Dublin transport strategy
The strategy includes proposals for the long-awaited Metrolink from Swords to Charlemont.
The strategy includes proposals for the long-awaited Metrolink from Swords to Charlemont.
Planning permission for the Metrolink will be sought next year but the scheme won't be operational until after 2031.
Proposals for an underground line linking Heuston Station to the Dart service have been shelved until after 2042.
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DARTs won't be running between Connolly and Grand Canal Dock this weekend
Dublin Bus will be operating between these stations while improvement works take place.
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Gardaí deploy undercover units on Dart line to stamp out spate of anti-social behaviour
There have been violent scenes in Howth and Malahide in recent weeks.
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Face masks, hand sanitiser and issues with social distancing dominate 2020 public transport complaints
Covid-19 was central to dozens of complaints about public transport last year.
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Most consumers ‘not comfortable’ shopping on high street until Covid-19 is under control
68% of consumers reported spending more online in 2020 than they did in 2019.
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People living near Dart or Luas stops are paying over €4,000 a year more than average Dublin rent
That’s according to new research from Daft.ie.
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Out-of-order lifts and communication breakdowns: Why taking the DART can be a hugely frustrating experience for wheelchair users
Recent issues with lifts not working have left many wheelchair users unable to access certain stations.
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Topless teens, sexual harassment and aerosol flamethrowers: Dart users' complaints to Irish Rail
A new text alert system for complaining about anti-social behaviour on the service was launched this month.
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Man waving English flag spends the night on top of rail terminal bringing Eurostar to standstill
Services between London and continental Europe were suspended for several hours because of the trespasser.
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Tipperary and Roscommon unveil new jerseys for 2019
Roscommon’s jersey features a new gradient design while Tipp’s sees new sponsors Teneo come on board.
# aftermath
Rail services getting back to normal after Storm Callum - but flights and ferries disrupted
Here’s the latest on the transport situation in the wake of stormy weather overnight.
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People are paying an extra €61,000 to live near a Luas stop
Buyers are now paying an average of €446,000 for a property close to a Luas stop in Dublin.
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More carriages added to DART trains after new timetable leads to raft of complaints
Capacity has been increased today – but one northside councillor says “the jury’s still out”.
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Irish Rail admits 'teething problems' - but passengers say new timetable 'a disaster' for some areas
Shorter trains are causing problems for passengers on the northside of Dublin.
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Dart derailed last year because a staff member was 'not competent'
The ‘low-speed derailment’ occurred close to Dun Laoghaire station last year.
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Train and tram driver alcohol limit 4 times higher than bus drivers - but that's set to change
Train and tram drivers are currently allowed a limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.
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There will be major rail disruptions during the Easter weekend
Irish Rail are advising that people check whether their route is affected.
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Rents for homes close to new Luas cross-city stops rise by 21%
Overall, commuters living on the Dublin coastline pay the most on average.
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Prices of homes near new Luas Cross City increased by 15% over the last year
Overall, commuters living on the Dublin coastline pay on average the most for a property.
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Irish Rail staff to go on strike on five dates in November and December
Unions have accused the Irish Rail CEO of undercutting his negotiators last night.
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Luas services won't be back until tomorrow after storm damage to equipment at Red Cow
A technical room inside the depot was damaged by the storm.
# turn to the left
9 memories you'll have if you were a dedicated Off The Rails viewer
“Off The Rails, off the rails…”
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Luas strikes planned for tomorrow and Friday have been called off
Good news for commuters, students – and fans of Bruce Springsteen.
# summer of discontent
The Luas will be off tomorrow - and there are four more strikes planned this month
There’s no sign of an end to the long-running dispute between drivers and Luas operator Transdev.
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Luas user? Remember that drivers are striking again today
Siptu members at the company are taking action for better pay and conditions.
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If you get the Luas, you need alternative plans tomorrow
Transdev this week walked out of talks in which drivers asked for a 26.5% pay increase.
# easter strike
Luas strike to go ahead on Easter Sunday and Monday
This weekend’s strike is back on, following the rejection of a deal by tram workers.
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Luas drivers have announced four more days of strikes
Siptu says the drivers have “no option”.
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Luas drivers will strike on Easter Sunday and Monday
It comes in addition to St Patrick’s Day.
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Luas strike: Another stressful day for commuters, as Hailo demand surges
Regular Luas commuters are taking to buses, taxis, bicycles and cars to make it to work
# choo choo
Number of people taking trains has grown for the first time since the economic crash
The Limerick-~Galway route saw the biggest increase in passengers.
# striiiiike
I'm not intervening, says Minister --- as talks to avoid rail strikes begin again
Two more rail strikes are planned for this month, but it’s hoped a solution can be reached at LRC talks continuing this afternoon.
# LRC
"No progress" today, but talks to avoid another train strike will continue
SIPTU says there’s been no progress as yet, as unions and management meet to try and resolve their dispute before the next scheduled strike action.
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Dart derailment was "caused by vandals"
The line has now reopened, Iarnród Eireann said.
Mulling it over: Labour Court releases its plan to end Irish Rail dispute
The proposals set out today include pay cuts and changes to working conditions.
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Terrifying video of the Chicago train derailing and climbing up escalator
CCTV footage of the accident has emerged.
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Over 30 injured as Chicago train derails and travels up airport escalator
The eight-car commuter train derailed early this morning at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport
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Next stop, Labour Court... April date for long-running Irish Rail dispute
The company claims that each week without savings being secured costs them “an additional €100,000″.
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Irish Rail workers reject payroll-cutting plan, Varadkar ‘disappointed’
Both SIPTU and the NBRU have rejected the latest proposals as unfair. The Transport Minister says Irish Rail won’t be given any more cash…