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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Commuter chaos as Luas announces seven city centre stops to be closed this summer

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Luas
Photo: Luas
The replacement bus service. Photo: Luas

Meadhbh McGrath

Luas users may need to make a change to their regular commute, as seven major city centre stops will be out of service this summer.

The company has announced that parts of the red line will be closed to facilitate construction work on the Luas Cross City service.

The stops affected include Abbey Street, Busáras, Connolly, George’s Dock, Mayor Square - NCI, Spencer Dock and The Point.

The temporary closure will be in place from 9pm on May 21 until the end of July, and a replacement bus service will be introduced to assist passengers inconvenienced by the closures.

Photo: Luas
Photo: Luas

According to a Luas statement, the bus service will operate from Bachelor’s Walk (close to the Jervis stop) to Castleforbes Road (close to the Point stop), and back from Mayor Street Upper (close to the Point stop) to Crampton Quay (close to the Jervis stop), and will serve stops along the quays.

The bus stops will be located between two and seven minutes walking distance from the closed Luas stops.

Leap and Luas cards will be valid for use on the temporary bus route and customers are advised to touch on/touch off at the Jervis stop but that they do not need to touch on at the bus service.

The statement continued: “We apologise to customers for any inconvenience during these works and we would like to thank you for your patience and cooperation.”

The replacement bus service. Photo: Luas
The replacement bus service. Photo: Luas

O’Connell Street, Abbey Street and Marlborough Street are set to undergo construction for the new service, which will connect the existing red and green lines.

Work on the Luas Cross City project is expected to be complete in 2017.

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