The collapse of the viaduct carrying the railway line across the estuary at Mallahide, Dublin, looks likely to disrupt the Belfast-Dublin service for “a significant period of time.” But it could have been worse.. [updated quote]
Iarnród Éireann has said the collapse had the potential to be a serious tragedy. A 20 metre section of viaduct on the Broadmeadow estuary, between Malahide and Donabate gave way at around 6.20pm. The damaged line was noticed by the driver of the 6.07pm train travelling from Balbriggan to Pearse station. He drove to Malahide station and reported what he had seen. All other trains were immediately stopped from using the line.
Adds From the Irish Times report
The subsidence began as the 18.07 train from Balbriggan to Connolly station passed over the viaduct. There were 40-50 passengers on board. The driver noticed the serious subsidence starting and the embankment beginning to give way on the northbound track. He alerted control and raised the alarm at Malahide station. Mr Kenny pointed out that if the driver hadnt contacted control, they would have been alerted as the track circuits would have gone when the bridge collapsed.