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Saturday 19 August 2017

New Luas cross-city line tested for the first time today

Rebecca Lumley

The new cross-city Luas line has been tested for the first time this morning, with two trams travelling 5.9km from St Stephens Green to Boombridge, Cabra.

The trams will travel at walking speed and stop at each new platform, where they will undergo a series of measurement tests.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross launched today’s test and said that the project is on course to be fully operational by December.

Speaking at today’s launch, he said:  “Luas Cross City has been a priority project for the Government and is on target to be completed and fully operational by the end of this year.

“The project will be a very welcome addition to the public transport network in Dublin, enhancing the overall capacity available which will encourage more people onto public transport and help in alleviating congestion in the city, as the level of economic activity continues to grow.”

He acknowledged that the construction period had proved “challenging” for the city, but said every effort had been made to minimise disruption to local traders.

Earlier this week Minister Ross chaired the final meeting of the Luas Cross City Project Group comprising business representatives, the National Transport Authority (NTA), Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), Dublin Bus and an Garda Síochána. 

The group was established at the beginning of the project to monitor progress and to ensure that the city remained open for business throughout the construction period.

CEO of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) Michael Nolan said: “This project is the biggest infrastructure project in Dublin for years.

“However, it will not just benefit the city centre as the route also reinstates a transport corridor in the northwest of the city centre along the former Broadstone railway cutting and provides additional access to Phibsborough and Cabra.”

Construction of the new line commenced in 2013 and has cost an estimated €386 million. It will create a link between the existing green and red lines, comprising of 13 new stops.

According to the project website, it will take approximately 21 minutes to travel from St Stephens Green to Cabra.

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