Wednesday 21 August 2019

Danger ahead - look out for the Luas

Road risk: A cyclist hits a moving Luas
Road risk: A cyclist hits a moving Luas
Road risk: A pedestrian walks in front of an approaching tram
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

Luas operator Transdev has warned people that mere seconds could change their lives after releasing shocking CCTV footage of collisions and near-misses.

As part of its new safety campaign, the operator revealed there had been an increase in the number of incidents between trams and motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

Drivers frequently report incidents of pedestrians not looking left and right and walking out in front of trams, with some motorists and cyclists breaking red lights. Transdev has warned mistakes could prove fatal.

The transport company released new CCTV footage showing some near-misses and big impacts involving pedestrians and cars.

"Luas drivers continually report the same incidents - pedestrians jaywalking, never looking left and right, often with headphones on and heads down," it warns.

"Motorists and cyclists are breaking red lights."

In 2018, the Luas made 25 contacts with vehicles, nine with pedestrians and one with a cyclist. Between January and April this year, trams made 14 contacts with vehicles and seven with pedestrians.

"People have become familiar with Luas, and with familiarity sometimes comes complacency," said Seamus Egan, managing director of Transdev. "A tram is on a fixed track, it cannot swerve, and it needs more time to brake."

In March, a man was killed after being hit by a tram in Tallaght. The incident happened on a bend in the track.

Irish Independent

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