December 11, 2017

Dublin inaugurates Luas Cross-City Line

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SERVICES on Dublin’s Luas light rail network were extended to the north of the city on December 9, when Ireland’s prime minister Mr Leo Varadkar, minister for transport, tourism & sport Mr Shane Ross, and finance minister Mr Paschal Donohoe attended the official opening of the Cross City Line.

The extension serves 13 stations, including the first interchange between the Red and Green lines and a connection with Irish Rail (IE) inter-city and commuter services at Broombridge.

Preliminary works began on the €368m project in June 2013.

The 5.9km extension runs north from the former Green Line terminus at St Stephen's Green, crossing the Red Line at the junction of O'Connel Street Upper and Abbey Street and serving the new Dublin Institute of Technology campus at Grangegorman before terminating at IE’s Broombridge station.

Luas Green Line services now operate from Brides Glen or Sandyford to Parnell or Broombridge.

Alstom is supplying seven 54.9m-long Citadis LRVs for the extension, and the new trams are 11.6m longer than the standard vehicles in service on the Green Line. Platforms on the existing section of the Green Line from St Stephen's Green to Sandyford are being lengthened to accommodate the longer vehicles.

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