Dublin Cork Limerick Galway commuter trains hit with delays after fire at Laois train station

Michelle Hogan


Michelle Hogan

Dublin Cork Limerick Galway trains hit with delays after fire at Laois train station

Picture: Ray Commins

Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway trains are expected to hit with delays at peak commuter time after a fire at a Laois train station.

Up to 50-minute delays are expected on train lines out of Heuston Station, Dublin and other trains passing through Portarlington including Cork, Limerick and Galway after a fire broke out at Portarlington train station this afternoon. 

Laois County Fire & Rescue Service confirmed that Portarlington Train Station remains closed after the fire.

The train station was evacuated around 4 pm today Tuesday, March 19, after a fire began in a maintenance workshop, a stone building that runs next to the platform.


At 4.20 pm on Tuesday, Irish Rail tweeted to say that services will not stop in Portarlington, causing chaos for local commuters who need to get off at Portarlington. In an update, it said that passengers for Portarlington should get off at Portlaoise where shuttle buses will bring them to Portarlington. 

The fire has had a knock-on effect for train passengers in the peak evening commuter time across the country. 

WATCH: Video shows the extent of fire here.