Public transport grinds to a stop as Storm Emma looms

There will be no Dublin Bus, Irish Rail or Luas services tomorrow, with operations also suspended at airports

Public transport grinds to a stop as Storm Emma looms

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Updated 15.40

Public transport is at a standstill in most areas of the country as it faces blizzard conditions.

There will be no Dublin Bus, Irish Rail or Luas services again on Friday.

A status red snow-ice warning has been issued for the entire country, leading to school & workplace closures for Thursday and Friday.

Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus have both cancelled all their services nationwide.

This afternoon, Dublin Bus said it would not be resuming its services on Friday.

It has apologised for any inconvenience caused but said “this decision has been made in the interest of the safety of our customers and employees.”

However, the Department of Housing said that Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann intend to reinstate a limited service from Friday evening "as conditions allow".

The Luas had been running limited trams in the capital on Thursday morning, however they came to a complete stop from 12.00pm.

Irish Rail services began scaling back from 12.00pm Thursday, with all services stopping nationwide at 2.00pm.

They will not operate on Friday either.

All southside DARTs have been suspended. Customers travelling northbound are urged to make their way to Pearse St Station as services will remain suspended between Bray and Pearse Street due to flooding. 

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Airports

Dublin Airport. Image: Paul Quinn/Newstalk

No flights are taking off or land at Dublin Airport after 4.00pm Thursday afternoon, with the airport saying it is 'unlikely' there will be any flights on Friday..

Shannon Airport is to close from 6.00pm Thursday evening. Management say the airport will re-open, weather permitting, at 5:00am on Saturday March 3rd.

Flights continued to arrive and depart this morning and lunchtime, but the vast majority of services have been cancelled.  

No Ryanair flights will operate to or from Ireland tomorrow.

The airline said: "Due to continuing adverse weather conditions, all flights scheduled to/from Dublin, Cork, Kerry, Knock & Shannon Airports on Friday 2nd March have been cancelled.

"All affected customers have been notified of their options by email / SMS text message. We are doing everything we can to re-accommodate customers and we apologise for any inconvenience caused by these disruptions which are entirely outside of our control."

Aer Lingus has cancelled most flights to and from Irish airports for Friday:

Cork Airport services are not currently operating, and Ryanair and Aer Lingus flights to the airport have been cancelled.

These passengers are among those anxiously waiting at Dublin Airport:

 

Dublin Airport. Image: Paul Quinn/Newstalk

Additional reporting: Jack Quann