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Six Nations fans caught in terror alert travel chaos

More than 1,200 rugby fans hoping to travel by train to Dublin today were forced to rearrange their plans at the last minute as a result of yesterday’s series of security alerts.

The travel plans of fans intending to get to Croke Park using the Enterprise cross border service — to cheer on Ireland in their bid to hold on to the Triple Crown — were in disarray after a decision to cancel three special trains following bomb scares.

The Enterprise rail service experienced disruptions throughout the day as a result of security alerts in Newry.

Bus substitutions were put in place between Newry and Dundalk.

A Translink spokeswoman said it was unlikely normal services would be resumed before today’s Six Nations clash between Ireland and Scotland, leading to the decision to cancel three additional services laid on for rugby fans that were scheduled to depart Central Station in Belfast at 11.05am, 11.25am and 11.55am.

Over 1,200 people had booked seats on the three trains and more had been expected to purchase seats this morning.

The spokeswoman continued: “In order to give passengers enough time to make alternative travel arrangements and after discussions with Irish Rail we have decided to cancel the three special rugby trains to Dublin.

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“Tickets will be fully refunded.

“Passengers are advised to use additional bus services to Dublin from Europa Buscentre.

“Tickets are available at departure. We apologise for this disruption.”

Translink was hoping to |operate other Enterprise services according to the standard timetable but with bus substitutions in place.

Passengers were warned to expect delays.

For up-to-date information on services log on to www.translink.co.uk or telephone 028 9066 6630.

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