Photo of the Week - Week 18:

Clontarf's Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL, AV68, leads Harristown's AX458 on a diversionary right turn from Empress Place to Portland Row on the 11th May 2011.

The Royal visit next week, followed by the American Presidential visit, has the whole city on high alert. The boys in blue have been very visible around the streets of Dublin over the past few weeks. And this morning saw red alert as a suspicious package was found under Sherrif Street Bridge.

It turned out not to be viable, though was classified as explosive. The peak ground to a halt, initially DART services continued without stopping in Connolly with buses serving Amiens Street, but the Army soon had the area evacuated and the buses were diverted.

Clontarf's Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL, AV233, glistens in the summer sun on Lower Sean MacDermott Street operating Route 27 to Clare Hall on the 11th May 2011.

Inbound buses were diverted from Amiens Street, via Buckingham Street, Sean MacDermott Street and Marlborough Street. Affected routes were the 20B, 27B, 29A, 31/B, 32/A/B, 42/A/B, 43 and 128, while the 27 served Buckingham Street, Sean MacDermott Street and Gardiner Street teminating at the usually unserved stop northbound on Gardiner Street prior to Talbot Street.

The inbound service via Buckingham Street is not totally unusual, with all routes bar Routes 27 and 128 using this routing on a semi-regular basis when Amiens Street/Talbot Street gets clogged up with traffic during the evening peak. However the outbound routing was quite unusual, with buses serving Gardiner Street (stopping at the first stop there) before turning right onto Lower Sean MacDermott Street, left onto Buckingham Street, right onto Empress Place, right again onto Portland Row with a left then onto the North Strand Road at the Five Lamps.

Clontarf's EV82 is seen turning left from Sean MacDermott Street onto Marlborough Street on diversion on the 11th May 2011.

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