Tuesday 22 October 2019

Slightly off the rails

Michael Dryhurst (May, 8) has gone a little off the rails in his 'model railway' analysis of passenger transfers at the new Luas Cross City interchange. The arrangement, which is similar to many of the modern street-based, light-rail systems throughout the world, is that the passenger gets off one tram and gets on the other.

In this case the walk is about 150m between the O'Connell stop and the Abbey stop, and 100m between Abbey Street and Marlborough Street. Hardly too onerous.

In relation to his somewhat offhand comment about cost, I am happy to reassure him that the original Luas lines and the three extensions have all come in within budget.

I would suggest that 40 million passenger journeys is a pretty significant proportion of the population too.

Tom Manning

Railway Procurement Agency

Parkgate St, Dublin 8

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