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20th Sep 2018

‘Extensive damage’ done to Luas means Green Line won’t run until tomorrow

Jade Hayden

A Luas-style tram service could soon be in the pipeline for Cork city

“Extensive damage” done to the Luas during Storm Ali means that the Green Line will not resume full service until tomorrow.

Power lines in the Beechwood and Ranelagh area experienced “significant pulling” due to the high speed winds of yesterday’s storm. 

As a result, the Green Line is only operating between Brides Glen to Cowper and Dawson to Broombridge.

Normal service is expected to resume on Friday at 5.30am.

A statement from Luas reads:

“The damage done to the Luas overhead power lines by Storm Ali yesterday was extensive.

“As previously stated an overhead wire in the Beechwood/Ranelagh area became entangled in a tram pantograph; there was significant pulling on the overhead wires, resulting in extensive damage. A pantograph is the apparatus mounted on the roof of the tram used to collect power through contact with the overhead line.

They added that maintenance to the line would “take time.”

Customers travelling on the Green Line today are advised to alight at Balally or Dundrum to avail of a replacement bus service.

Luas tickets are also being accepted on Dublin Bus.

The Red Line is operating as normal.

This comes after Luas, Irish Rail, and Bus Eireann services were disrupted yesterday during Storm Ali’s peak.

More poor weather is predicted for this weekend.