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Gridlock drivers see red.

THE Millennium Bug is set to bring even further traffic chaos to the streets of Dublin again today.

Dublin Corporation attempted at the weekend to install a new computer traffic system to beat the end-of-century glitch.

But a foul-up in the alreadu busy telephone lines transmitting new data meant gridlock for hundreds of thousands of commuters yesterday.

The morning and evening rush-hours were worse than normal as traffic lights worked on wrong sequences, confusing motorists.

The morning dash to work became a crawl as a total of 104 different sets of traffic lights went hay-wire.

The city's harassed traffic controllers said they had never seen anything like it.

Mayhem

"It was absolute mayhem. Some journeys which were already painstakingly long were taking hours," said an AA spokesperson.

"People were late getting to work and school all over the city and some schools were even forced to cancel classes as neither students nor teachers made it in."

By yesterday evening Dublin Corporation had managed to get 65 of the lights working properly, but commuters still struggled to get home.

The lights are expected to be working on a time back-up system this morning as workers sort out the gremlins.

That means that the volume of the traffic will not be taken into account by the lights as normal.

Dublin Corporation spokesman Paul Dunne said they hoped to have the problem sorted out by tonight.
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Author:Brophy, Karl
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 29, 1998
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