Thursday 18 December 2014

Luas celebrates its tenth birthday

Emma Jane Hade

Published 30/06/2014 | 12:24

COMMUTERS in Dublin were pleasantly surprised earlier today, as a party was held to celebrate the tenth birthday of the opening of the Luas.

Cupcakes, music and special guests were all part of the fanfare at St Stephen’s Green earlier this morning, which was held to mark the tenth anniversary of the tram’s maiden journey into the capital, along the green line from Sandyford to the city centre.

The network now covers an extensive 37.2km across the two separate lines. 

And, this will be extended by an additional 5.6km when the Luas Cross City project becomes operational in 2017.

Speaking at the event, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said it was a very “proud day”.

“It was opened today ten years ago by Seamus Brennan, and since then it has carried almost 300million passengers, and now carries almost 30million passengers per year, without any subvention."

“I think the people of Dublin have really taken it to their hearts,” Minister Varadkar said at the event.

Rory O’Connor, the Acting Chief Executive of the Railway Procurement Agency, described the initially controversial project as a “remarkable success story” and that it has become “better than anyone expected”.

He added: “And, with the construction of the Luas Cross City line now well under way, we are looking forward to even greater success over the next 10 years as the Luas network expands and brings other Dublin communities into the network.”

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