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Unread 19-01-2007, 10:07   #1
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Default [19-1-2007] Vehicle strike at Merrion Gates

09:50 Southbound DART stopped at Sydney Parade with an announcement that due to a vehicle strike at Merrion Gates there would be a delay of 20-30 mins. Not sure if Northbound services are also affected, but there's bound to be a knock on effect later.

Online 'real-time DART information' is of course still showing the timetabled times, but then this hasn't worked in months.

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Unread 19-01-2007, 11:10   #2
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Here we go again
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DART Delays - Merrion Level Crossing by Corporate Communications

19th January 2007 - 09.55hrs

DART services are currently delayed due to a truck damaging barriers at Merrion Level Crossing.

Delays are expected to be up to 30 minutes.

Iarnród Éireann apologises for the inconvenience caused.
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Unread 19-01-2007, 11:31   #3
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Is it fair to say IE are having a mensis horribilis?
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Unread 19-01-2007, 12:12   #4
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They are taking there time, normally they hide a replacement barrier on site

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DART Delays - Merrion Level Crossing by Corporate Communications

19th January 2007 - UPDATE 11.25hrs

DART services remain delayed due to a truck damaging barriers at Merrion Level Crossing. Repair works are underway, including replacement of a barrier which was torn off by the truck involved in the incident.

Delays are expected to be up to 30 minutes.

Iarnród Éireann apologises for the inconvenience caused.
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Presumably IR will be seeking damages from the driver for the time the service is down, for the costs to Dublin Bus if they accept tickets in lieu, labour and materials to fix the crossing?
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Unread 19-01-2007, 12:17   #6
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Line is open, delays are due to the need to cross at 5 mph.

There is a CCTV camera specially to catch reg plates
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Perhaps they should consider extending the coverage of the CCTV (if its not already done) so they have all-round images of any incident? It should speed up any post-incident inquiries and should be cheap enough since it wouldn't have to be monitored, just reviewed after an incident.
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There are three cameras

1) The overall crossing view used by signalling staff to confirm crossing clear
2) One for northbound reg plates
3) One for southbound reg plates

They have reverse angle views and so on
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We know that a couple of truckers were given what they deserved in court for hitting a bridge in Portlaoise. Has anyone been hammered for delinquent behaviour at Merrion Gates? At least they can't trot out the pathetic excuse of the road having been raised because of a new coat of tarmac. MAybe they can cite the blinding effects of low Winter sun!
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