Kilkenny commuters caught up in rail chaos, signal fault sparks huge delays
MANY Kilkenny commuters were caught up in the chaos that engulfed rail services this morning.
Iarnród Éireann confirmed more than 20,000 passengers were affected by significant delays to rail travel after services in and out of Heuston Station were suspended following a major signal fault at 5.40am.
The first of the day’s trains arrived shortly before 9am – 90 minutes later than usual.
There was significant delays at Kilkenny’s McDonagh Junction, where the Waterford to Dublin train remained stationery as attempts were made to rectify the fault.
Iarnród Éireann communications manager Barry Kenny apologised to all passengers affected by the delays, admitting it had a “significant impact on all our customers”.
Iarnród Éireann said the fault occurred without warning and it was not possible to provide alternative bus services for passengers.
“When something happens like this with no warning just before the morning peak you are dealing with tens of thousands of people,” Mr Kenny said.
Commuters are advised to follow Iarnród Éireann on Twitter for updates.