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7 May 2013 - Work on Luas Broombridge extension due to start
15 September - Red Line opening information
15 July - more pictures added - but transferred to photogallery
6th July 2004 - pictures added
26th June 2004 - Opening information added
13th November 2003 - This page and Chronology page updated
Further details about the system can be found on the LUAS website.
Work on Luas Broombridge extension due to start
7 May 2013
The first stage of construction - the pre-construction enabling works - of the Luas Cross City line (BXD), which will link both light-rail systems in the capital is due to start in May 2013 with the main construction works starting in 2015. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2017 and will provide for some 600 construction jobs is expected to cost EUR370m.
Luas Broombridge will be a key element in an integrated transport system for Dublin. It will create a Luas network by joining the two existing Red and Green lines, extending the network through the city centre to Broombridge. The new line will also integrate with rail services on the Maynooth and Dunboyne lines as well as QBC cross city/city centre bus services. A new bridge over the River Liffey, which is currently under construction, will carry the southbound Luas track from Marlborough Street to Hawkins Street.
There will be 13 stops, eight in the city centre, and it will provide access to the new Dublin Institute of Technology campus at Grangegorman.
Red Line opening:
The Rail Procurement Agency has announced that the second line in Dublin's new LUAS tram system will be officially opened on Tuesday, September 28.
The Railway Procurement Agency has confirmed that the new Luas line - The Red Line (from Tallaght to Connolly Station) will be officially opened on Tuesday September 28th. by the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern From the afternoon of the 28th there will be six days of free travel on this line.
It is estimated that approximately 120,000 passengers are being carried on the Green Line (Sandyford to St Stephen's Green) per week.
Luas Official opening on Wednesday 30th June 2004
The Green Line (originally called line B) will open on Wednesday with free rides between 3pm and 8pm. A 10 minute service will be provided from Sandyford to St Stephen's Green. From Thursday 1st July until Sunday 4th July services will continue to be free and will operate from 5.30 until 00.30 every day. Trams will run every 10 minutes. The first day of normal operation will be Monday 5th July. From this time all passengers must have a valid ticket before boarding.
It is expected that the Red line (lines A & C) will open in the Autumn. Details of fares and other information can be found on the Luas website.
|The first of the new trams to travel along a section of
track on a public roadway pictured on their journey from the Red Cow
Roundabout to the Square in Tallaght. On board the tram were technical
staff and assessors, observing the journey for the Railway Procurement
Agency. (Photos John Maguire |
Outline diagram of proposed light
Red and blue lines currently under
construction. (The line drawn is blue is now the green line!)
Luas is the proposed light rail system for Dublin and its
suburbs. The plans have gone through several phases of revision with much
discussion of the merits of street or underground running in the city centre.
The most recent plans derive from the report of the Dublin Transportation Office
in May 2000 called Platform for Change and incorporate the more advanced
portions of the previous plans. The proposed network is shown above with five
surface light rail lines with a mixture of street running, reserved track and
dedicated right-of-way. This will be complemented by a metro system (not shown
above) on totally segregated track including underground tunnels in the city
centre. Details including detailed maps, diagrams and illustrations are
contained in the official LUAS web site.
Construction has started on the the first two light rail lines: from Tallaght
to Connolly Station (formally known as lines A and C), and from
Sandyford to St Stephens Green (line B), the latter mostly on the track-bed of a
disused railway. Both these lines, which are not connected, are now due to open
in summer/autumn 2004. The lines are unconnected, an earlier scheme using on-street
running through the city centre being rejected in favour of underground running
- now upgraded to Metro status.
Extensions to both lines are already in the detailed planning stage - their
implementation mainly dpendent on the availability of private finance. The other lines are in the planning stage with
the completion of the whole system, if given the go-ahead, originally set
for 2010. Recent controversy about public transport plans for Dublin probably
mean future lines will re-evaluated once the current scheme is commissioned.
What does the name LUAS stand for? Luas is the Irish word
for speed and so (as it is not an abbreviation) should be written
Luas rather than L.U.A.S.
- The Trams
- Twenty-six Citadis 301A vehicles have been ordered
from Alstom for Lines A/C. Length: 30
metres. Capacity: 235 people (60 seats). First tram was launched at UITP
conference in London in May 2001 and deleivered to Dublin in October 2001
where it was on public display for a weekend.
- Fourteen additional Citadis 301A vehicles with extra centre sections
have been ordered from Alstom for Line B. Length: 40 metres. Capacity: 300
people (80 seats).
- The trams (and future Metro cars) are European standard gauge (4' 8.5")
unlike the existing rail lines in Ireland which adhere to the Irish standard
gauge of 5' 3".
- The Depots
- Because the first two lines to be built are physically separate, two
depots are being constructed to house the trams. At Red Cow (line A) the
buildings were completed in late 2001 ready to accept the first trams. The
section of line adjacent to the depot was the first to be commissioned for
test running in early 2002. the depot at Sandyford for line B was completed in
- The Routes
- Two lines are under construction. A further three are proposed - but will
probably undergo much revision before being authorised.
LUAS 1: TALLAGHT TO CONNOLLY STATION (and later DOCKLANDS)
- Incorporates previous plans for Line A and Line C.
- This line will run for 15km from Connolly Station, through the north
inner-city, crossing the river south at Heuston rail station, before serving
St. James, Rialto, Drimnagh, Bluebell, Red Cow, Cookstown and Tallaght. There
will be a depot at Red Cow. 8km of track is on-street, the balance
being on dedicated alignments and on the central reservation of the main Naas
road (N7). Preliminary on-site work for this line started in August 1999.
Full-scale construction of the depot started in spring 2000. Construction of
the line itself started about June 2001. First tracks were laid in spring 2002. 20 low-floor trams will carry 2,800 people per hour in each direction.
with 5 minute headways at peak times. Journey time: 38 minutes.
- Line 1 extension: Connolly Station to docklands
- Proposals for the National Conference Centre in the Dublin docklands
include provision for a tram stop in Mayor Street. This would lie on a
proposed extension of Line 1.
The extension will terminate at the Point Theatre but its existance is
partly dependent on the opening of the National Conference Centre. The outcome
of the planning enquiry into the conference centre development which rejected
high-rise high-density apartments and offices for this area has put the line
extension in doubt although detialed plans for alternative routings have been
LUAS 2: ST STEPHEN'S GREEN TO SANDYFORD (and later CHERRYWOOD)
- Incorprorates Line B: St. Stephen's Green to Sandyford
- This line will largely follow the route of the closed Harcourt Street
railway line from the city centre to Sandyford (9km) serving Balally,
Dundrum, Milltown and Ranelagh. There will be a short section of street
running along Harcourt Street and St. Stephen's Green West (1km) in the city
centre. A depot will be located at the end of the line at Sandyford. 13
low-floor trams will carry 3,000 people an hour in each direction with 5
minute intervals between vehicles at peak time (15 minutes otherwise). This
line will be built to a standard to also accomodate metro trains which at a
future date may dive
underground through the city centre from Ranelagh. The precise details of the
Metro have yet to be announced but presumably this means dual running of trams
and Metro over the line although this has not been explicitly confirmed. (If
not, the surface line to St. Stephen's Green will have a short life). The
line will open in late 2003. Journey time: 22 minutes.
- Line B extension: Sandyford to Cherrywood
- Plans for the extension of this line to the south, take it away from the
old Harcourt Street alignment at Sandyford Industrial Estate, through
Stepaside and Ballyogan to Carrickmines, where it rejoins the old railway and
can be further extended to Cabinteely and Cherrywood. This extension would be part-finance
by the private sector. This extension is also planned to take Metro trains which
will eventually be extended to terminate at Shanganagh with an interchange
with the DART suburban rail service.
LUAS 3: DUNDRUM TO AIRPORT
- This line will branch off from Luas line 2 at Dundrum and will run through
the southern suburbs of Dublin, through Harold's Cross crossing the Liffey at
Father Matthew Bridge in the city centre where it has a junction with line 1.
It proceeds through the north of Dublin city via Drumcondra, Whitehall and
Ballymum, terminating at a possible Metro station at Sillogue close to Dublin Airport.
Much of the route will, it seems, be along existing roads. This line is
currently in the planning stage.
LUAS 4: LUCAN TO DOCKLANDS
- The published route for this line will serve the high density housing in
west Dublin in Lucan and Ballyfermot . It joins line 1 at Bluebell and
diverges again at Rialto, serving south central Dublin along the South
Circular Road and connecting with line 3 at Clanbrassil Street and running
concurrently with line 2 for a short distance at Harcourt Street. It
eventually will cross the river Liffey on the new Macken Street Bridge
terminating at the Point Depot with Line 1. The connection of this line with
Lines 1 and 2 and 3 would open the possibility of a variety in routes through
and around the city centre between Lucan, Tallaght, Dundrum, Sandyford, the
Docklands, Ballymum and the Airport.
LUAS 5: WHITEHALL TO KILBARRACK
This line diverges from Line 3 at Whitehall and serves the North Dublin
suburbs of Coolock and Killester, terminating at Howth Junction railway
- METRO 1: SHANGANAGH TO AIRPORT (and later to Swords)
Phase 1 of this line was given the government go-ahead in January 2002.
It will share track with Luas 2 from Cherrywood to Ranelagh before diving
underground through the city centre. Emerging at Broadstone, the line goes
north to Finglas along another disused railway line and curves east to
terminate at Dublin Airport. Later extensions at both ends will extend to a
southern interchange with the DART system at Shanganagh and the north County
Dublin town of Swords. However the estimated 4 billion price tag has raised
serious concerns and alternative cheaper routes are being evaluated.
- METRO 2: TALLAGHT WEST TO CITY CENTRE
- METRO 3: FINGLAS TO BLANCHARDSTOWN (and later Tallaght)
Phase 1 of this line was given the government go-ahead in January 2002
along with metro line 1. It will act as a spur from Finglas to the large
conurbation in Blanchardstown also serving the site of the proposed National
Stadium. the future extension to Tallaght via Liffey Valley will form a
western orbital line around Dublin linking major shopping, industrial and
residential areas. The National Stadium plan is now paused and, due to
costs, the metro line is far from certain.
- Other Tentative Rail Plans
- Recent reviews of rail services presented to government includes proposals
for new rail developments:
- Underground heavy rail link through south central Dublin from the
National Conference Centre or Connolly Station to Heuston Station via Pearce
Station and St. Stephens Green. This could link with the existing Kildare
and Maynooth commuter lines, which would be electrified, to form a through
- Airport Rail Line from existing Maynooth line at Broombridge. The
Metro plan had superceded this scheme but, with doubts about finance, this
cheaper option is looking much stronger. Another alternative is for a spur
to the airport from the DART line at Howth Junction.
- Rebuilding of the Navan Rail Line via Clonee, Dunboyne,
Dunshaughin and Navan.
Luas progress chart
|Public consultation & design
|Application for LRO
||13th April 1999- 6th May 1999|
|Report from enquiry
|Decision to proceed
||June 30th 2004|
LINKS TO OTHER SITES
- Official LUAS web site
- includes detailed maps, progress reports and technical information
- Department of Public
Enterprise's web site
- including progress reports from the Light Rail Advisory and Action Group
and government documents.
- The Irish Times
- Search for Luas to find recent news articles.
Most information and illlustrations on this site were gleaned from material
published by the Railway Procurement Agency:
Railway Procurement Agency,
Parkgate Business Centre,
Phone: +353 (01) 646 3400
FREEFONE 1800 67 6464
Fax: +353 (01) 646 3401
Walsh, MJ: Light rail for Dublin? part 1, Light Rail and Modern
Tramway, 56 (666), 143-150, June 1993.
Walsh, MJ: Light rail
for Dublin? part 2, Light Rail and Modern Tramway, 56 (668),
199-205, August 1993.
Go-ahead for Dublin trams, Light Rail and
Modern Tramway, 59 (698), 44, February 1996
Dublin LRT, Line
A, Environmental Impact Statement, CIE Light Rail Project Office, July 1998.
Dublin LRT, Line B, Environmental Impact Statement, CIE Light Rail
Project Office, January 1999.
Dublin LRT, Line C, Environmental Impact
Statement, CIE Light Rail Project Office, September 1999.
Report of the Light Rail Advisory/Action Group, August 2000.
Platform For Change, Dublin Transportation Office, September
Dublin's State of the Art Tram System Luas, 16 page supplement
to Irish Independent, 20th January 2001.
Fourth Report of the Light
Rail Advisory/Action Group, February 2001.
Luas, 16 page
supplement to The Sunday Business Post, 16th September 2001.
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