Luas calls for help battling anti-social behaviour after 644 complaints this year
LUAS has called for greater help to battle anti-social behaviour and other problems on its transport network as it reported 644 incidents on trams so far this year.
Transdev, the company running the light-rail network, wants a special group set up to tackle a number of problems that the service faces.
Of the 644 instances of anti-social behaviour on the Luas, 53 were classified as “threats to public” and 23 incidents were of a racial nature.
Gardai and members of Dublin City Council gathered at a meeting with Tansdev in which incidents of anti-social behaviour were discussed.
The company said it has an “excellent working relationship” with An Garda Siochana and that on occasions plain-clothed officers would travel on the trams.
A spokeswoman called for a “collaborative effort” between a number of groups and stake holders to combat a number of issues, not just on the trams but in and around stations as well.
“The company is asking not just gardai but organisations such as the HSE and Dublin City Council to work in a collaborative approach,” the spokeswoman said.
Earlier this year, the Herald revealed how €1.5m is spent every year on policing the light-rail network.
The cost works out at five cent from every Luas ticket sold going towards policing the city’s tram network.
Private firm STT Rail Security, which is charged with keeping passengers safe while travelling on both tram routes, said the Red Line sees more incidents of anti-social behaviour than the Green Line.
Transdev said that this is because the Red Line is 4km longer than the Green Line and runs through the busy city centre, making it more prone to unruly incidents.