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Luas safety record 'among best in EU'

THERE was just one 'serious' persons accident involving the Luas last year, where a pedestrian broke their nose after they walked into a moving tram.

And in the light rail system's first full year of operations, there were 36 road traffic accidents involving vehicles and trams, most of which happened between Heuston and Connolly stations.

Most accidents were caused by non-Luas drivers breaking red lights.

Director of Light Rail at the Railway Procurement Agency, Michael Sheedy, told the inquiry into the proposed extension of Luas from Connolly station to the Point Depot yesterday that its safety record was among the best in the EU.

Figures from Grenoble and Strasbourg in France showed that in a bad year, there were 1.0 - 1.3 accidents per 10,000km travelled by trams.

In Dublin, the rate for 2005 was 0.16.

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