File Photo: Irish Rail personnel de-icing point ends to keep the trains moving during last year's Beast from the East.
Longford rail commuters were forced to endure delays of anything between 40 minutes and over an hour this morning owing to the heavy overnight snowfall and freezing temperatures that let to 'frozen points' at Sligo and Longford.
Bus transfers operated from Longford and Mullingar for passengers on the delayed 06.40 Sligo to Connolly service.
Some commuters were frustrated by the delays with one tweeting "That's #sneachta way to run a service!" and another posted a video on Twitter of passengers cramming into a commuter service.
Weather Watch Update: Due to frozen points at Sligo and Longford delays to the following services:— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) January 30, 2019
05.40 and 06.40 Sligo to Dublin services delayed up to 40 mins
05.38 Longford to Dublin delay 60 mins, 06.15 Longford to Dublin delay 35 mins #Sneachta https://t.co/3WZnY8FaCI
Update: Bus transfers will operate from Longford and Mullingar for delayed 06.40 Sligo to Connolly service— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) January 30, 2019
That's #sneachta way to run a service!— Trevor Naughton (@trevornaughton) January 30, 2019
So because the sligo train was late 2 train loads of people had to pack onto this commuter. 5 minutes after this video there was 8 more people and that's the ones who managed to fit on. Others were left at the stations in the freezing cold pic.twitter.com/0bIrkGESyB— Andy Carrick (@AndyCarrick10) January 30, 2019