Luas Green Line to get longer trams in €100m investment

by Emma Nolan

There won’t be as much of a squish on the Luas at rush hour, particularly at the Dundrum and Balally stops – thanks to a new €100 million investment.
Green Line trams are set to grow by 12 metres and an extra eight trams are to be added to the fleet as part of an ambitious plan announced by the Transport Minister this week.

Green Line Luas trams are about to get a lot bigger as part of an €100 million investment announced on Tuesday, which will see more passengers being able to fit on at rush hour.
The Luas Green Line Capacity Enhancement Project will begin next year and will see eight trams added to the fleet and 12 metres will be added to the existing trams.

Local TD and Minister for Transport Shane Ross said the project is an “ambitious endeavour” will allow for 60 additional passengers to be carried per tram – a total of 369 people per tram in all.
The Green Line links Stephen’s Green to Dundrum to Sandyford and Leopardstown and trams are usually completely packed with commuters at peak times but the new measures will an extra 1,760 passengers carried per hour in either direction.
“More trams, longer trams, connecting trams, longer platforms and a bigger depot to house them in – all great news for our public transport system,” Minister Ross said.
Recent surveys by the NTA of passenger demand and conditions on the Luas Green Line indicate that the line is currently operating at capacity during peak periods, with crowding experienced between the Balally and Ranelagh stops.
This crowding is resulting in passengers being unable or unwilling to board at these stops. Furthermore, demand projections from the NTA suggest that there is a latent demand for travel on the Green Line where people are not travelling by Luas due to peak period capacity constraints.
The move was also welcomed by local Senator Neale Richmond (FG) who researched the trams’ capacity at rush hour earlier this year.
“I have been campaigning for this for over 12 months based on the many representations I have had from locals in Dublin Rathdown who find they cannot get on LUAS trams during rush hour, or if they can get on, they find the trams are too packed to be in any way comfortable,” he said.
The direct cost of the Green Line enhancement have been put at around €78 million. Add in indirect costs, maintenance costs and annual operation costs, the Department of Transport said the project will cost in excess of €100 million.
The news comes as the Luas Cross City is set to begin service next month.

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