How the Luas on the Liffey will look

THE LONG awaited Luas Cross City line will take a giant leapcard forward this weekend when the first test runs on the new track take place.

Engineers will begin testing trams on the new line on Saturday at 7am and will continue until midday. Two trams have been brought over from the Red Line for the runs, which will see the cars moving at a snail’s pace from St Stephen’s Green down Dawson St to College Green.

They’ll then cross the Liffey before arriving at the new O’Connell St Upper Luas stop.

A second day of test runs will take place on Sunday between Broadstone and nearby Cabra.

Richard Guiney, CEO DublinTown, said: “Throughout the construction phase of this project we have worked closely with Luas Cross City, the NTA, Gardai and other stakeholders to minimise the impact of the works on businesses and the city.

“This cooperation has seen footfall rise in the city each year despite the extensive works being carried out.

Businesses can’t wait to see this much-needed transport system passing by their premises.

“We look forward to getting a glimpse of how the new system will look and work during these test runs. It’s an exciting time for the city!”