DART ex­pected to be back in action

Bray People - - News - Mary FOG­A­RTY

THE DART could well be back in action be­tween Bray and Grey­stones by to­mor­row ( Thurs­day), ac­cord­ing to a state­ment made last week by Ir­ish Rail.

Buses have trans­ferred stranded pas­sen­gers since a rock fall in re­cent weeks put a stop to the train from Bray on­wards.

The line has been closed since the in­ci­dent on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 2, and hun­dreds of com­muters have suf­fered dis­rup­tion as a re­sult.

There were com­plaints from a num­ber of sources, in­clud­ing Cllrs. Derek Mitchell and Ge­orge Jones, that the com­pany did not spring in to action quickly enough. It was over a week be­fore re­pairs to the line be­gan.

The rocks did not fall right on to the line it­self but loose rub­ble was be­ing held back by net­ting which rail­way of­fi­cials said could loosen and tum­ble on to the track at any mo­ment.

The rock fall hap­pened near the en­trance to the first tun­nel on Bray Head. Barry Kenny of Ir­ish Rail said that an as­sess­ment would have to be car­ried out be­fore work com­menced.

By to­mor­row, the es­ti­mated re-open day, the line be­tween Bray and Grey­stones will have been closed for two and a half weeks.

‘There did not ap­pear to be an ur­gency at the start to get the line cleared,’ said Mayor of Grey­stones Ge­orge Jones. ‘I am happy that in re­cent times the Chief En­gi­neer on this job for Iarn­roid Eire­ann, Ms. Eileen Kelly, is do­ing her best to re­open the line.’

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