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Commuters hit as Luas stop is shut for Red Line work

COMMUTERS have been hit by the temporary closure of a platform on the Luas Red Line.

The Belgard stop on the Tallaght-bound side will be out of action until the summer.

The closure is to allow the construction of the €150m Luas Citywest Red Line extension, from Belgard to Saggart in west Co Dublin.

The Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) estimates that four million extra passenger journeys will be made as a result of the extension.

It also expects 1.5m vehicle trips a year will be eliminated by 2016.

City-bound trams will operate as normal for the next six months, while those going in the opposite direction will bypass the closed stop.

Passengers have been advised by the RPA to avoid the stop where possible.



Change

If travelling from Belgard to Tallaght, they are advised to take a city-bound Luas to Kingswood and then change to a Luas to Tallaght.

Similarly, when travelling from the city, passengers wishing to alight at Belgard should get off at Cookstown and then get a Luas back to Belgard.

As part of the works, an 'island platform' and an overhead canopy will be added to the stop.

The extension to Citywest is seen as an important development in west and southwest Dublin.

Passenger services on the 4.2km light rail link are expected to start in early 2011.

The new line is being developed through a partnership between the public and private sectors.

The consortium formed to partner the RPA on the project is Citywest Luas Ltd (CLL), comprising businessman Jim Mansfield's company, HSS, the Davey Hickey property group and Harcourt Developments.

CLL is providing the land, a large proportion of the civil and track works, a 300-space park and ride facility and a monetary contribution.

The RPA is providing the remainder of the infrastructure, including rolling stock, and electrical and mechanical systems.

An Bord Pleanala approved the project last June.

comurphy@herald.ie


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