Docklands Luas line can ‘Cut commuting time to city by 2.5 weeks’

by Sylvia Pownall
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FINGAL Social Democrats want to open the Docklands Luas line to express buses – and claim it could give commuters back 2.5 weeks of their lives every year.
The party says the 9,000 passengers on 112 buses which pass the 3Arena every morning rush hour sit in traffic for 26 minutes, yet the journey from the Port Tunnel toll to the Custom House could be completed in just four minutes.
The Fingal branch has published a proposal calling for express bus services from Swords, Malahide, Portmarnock, Rush, Lusk, Skerries, Balbriggan and Dublin Airport to be allowed to use the Luas line at Docklands to cut their commute by 30 minutes each day.
Spokesperson Jan Bosch said: “We first came up with this plan when we noticed that a right of way has been reserved from the Point stop at the 3Arena onto East Wall Road.
“Given the ongoing delays in both the Metro North project and the Swords Swiftway Bus Rapid Transit [plan], we began to explore whether this corridor could be used to allow buses to avoid the bottlenecks along North Wall Quay to the city centre.”
An SD group has conducted their own experiment and is convinced that the move would work wonders to ease city centre gridlock.
Jan said: “We looked at the Docklands Luas extension, and already nearly all of it caters as a shared road space with normal traffic. The only locations where there are constraints is at the Luas stops.
“There is an established transportation technology called ‘Kerb Guided Buses’ where a normal bus is fitted with guidewheels on its front wheels, and these steer the bus between two kerbs built to precisely contain a bus’s dimensions.
“The measurements between platforms at each Luas stop between the Point and Amiens Street exactly fit the design dimensions of a Kerb Guided Bus system.”
Such buses are already used in the UK, Germany and Australia, and if the system was used here it could cut the express commute time from Swords to the city to just 20 minutes.
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