Words Written By Esther O’Moore Donohoe, AA Roadwatch
On Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd May, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann plan to take industrial action which will result in significant disruption for passengers. It is expected that more people will commute to work and school by car on these days which will mean increased volumes of traffic on the roads.
For motorists in Cork, long delays are likely on all routes but especially approaching the Dunkettle Interchange on both the N40 South Ring Rd and the M8 Dublin/ Cork Rd. Road users in Galway, should also anticipate heavier traffic citywide but particularly on the Dublin Rd. If you are travelling in Dublin, the Swords Rd, Lucan Rd and Naas Rd are predicted to experience very heavy traffic. Make sure you allow plenty of extra time for journeys on Friday and Saturday to be sure of reaching your destination on time. It also might be worth considering co-ordinating with colleagues and car-pooling during the strike.
If you are not a regular cyclist and are thinking of dusting off your old bike in the shed, be sure to take extra care. It may be worthwhile re-familiarising yourself with the rules of the road. Make sure you are wearing a high-viz vest and other appropriate safety and weather gear and that the lights are working on your bike.
For those of you who plan to take the train, plenty of others will surely have the same idea so services are likely to be much busier than usual. If you use Irish Rail, Intercity services, it is recommended that you book tickets in advance, particularly at the busiest times such as morning and evening rush hours on Friday. In addition, there is also a revised timetable to/from Heuston Station on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May due to line improvement works so make sure you check the timetable before you set out. Works taking place on the Cork/Dublin line will also affect services on Saturday, 2nd May on the following routes:
Finally, if you are heading to Dublin, Cork or Belfast Airports on Friday and Saturday, it’s worth noting that Aircoach will be running a full service as will the following alternative bus services:
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