A LUAS extension to Finglas will put a ‘grass track’ through three local parks, under plans drawn up by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).
The 4km stretch would provide four extra stops on the Green Line, as well as 600 spaces for a park and ride facility at the new terminus at Charlestown.
The preferred route going out for public consultation would cut through Tolka Valley Park, Barnamore Grove linear park and Mellows Park.
A brochure published by TII and the National Transport Authority for public consultation states most of the new section will be a grass track – “an attractive innovation for urban transport in Ireland”.
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It says this will allow a cycle and pedestrian path along much of the line. However, around 12 private properties will be affected as part of their gardens will be required.
A Luas link to Finglas has been an objective for local representatives for many years and is backed by Dublin Chamber, the group representing businesses in the capital.
Fianna Fail TD Paul McAuliffe appealed to the Government to bring the project forward – and to extend it beyond Finglas to link up with Metro North in Ballymun.
He said: “The area is a busy part of the city and the Luas could really help to improve traffic flow in the area; therefore I am calling on the project to be moved forward.
“The Finglas, Glasnevin and Ballymun area are solely reliant on a bus service as its only form of public transport. I would encourage members of the public to submit any recommendations and have their say they on the proposed route.”
The brochure, which was delivered to households in the area, says that the link could be in operation by 2028 and see a reduction of 10,000 car trips by 2035.
The four stops would be at St Helena’s, Finglas Village, Mellows Park and Charlestown.