UPDATED: Train broke down across busy Portlaoise road

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Train 'broken down' across busy Portlaoise road

A train broken down halfway across a busy road in Portlaoise, Laois this week requiring a traffic diversion.

The non-passenger train broke down on the Fr Browne Avenue level crossing on Monday evening, February 9.

Portlaoise Gardaí set up a traffic diversion for the duration of the incident, and advised traffic to avoid the area.

Irish Rail has confirmed the details of the breakdown to the Leinster Express, and apologised to the public.

"This was not a passenger train. It was going into a siding in the Depot when it broke down. It did not cause any delay to our services, but I would like to apologise for any inconvenience for road users," a spokesperson said.

By 4pm Gardaí had updated the incident to say that the road was cleared again. 

The busy road which goes past Clonminam Industrial Estate is part of the southern link road around Portlaoise, joining the N80 Stradbally road to the Mountrath road. 

It has been a cause of complaint in several motions by Portlaoise councillors because there are no footpaths or cycle paths over the level crossing. As a result of motions and negotiations by Laois County Council with Irish Rail, one side of the road is soon to get a pathway.