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Public consultation launched for Dublin Luas tram network extension; first new high-capacity rolling stock introduced, Ireland [free access]

July 28, 2020

The Ministry for Climate Action, Communications Networks and Transport of Ireland has announced the launch of a public consultation for the Luas Finglas tram line extension project in Dublin. The proposed extension will connect Charlestown, Finglas Village, Finglas West, St Helena’s, Tolka Valley, and the Dublin city centre. It will also add four new stops to the line.

 

The Luas Finglas line has also deployed the first of eight new 55-metre-long Alstom Citadis 502 trams into service. Each new tram will carry 100 more passengers than the existing 44-metre-long trams. The work on converting 26 of the existing 44-metre trams into 55-metre trams is now 50 per cent complete, with 13 extended trams already deployed into passenger service. The eight new trams and the 26 extended trams are expected to increase the capacity on the busiest sections of the Luas network by 30 per cent.

 

The larger trams will increase the capacity on the busiest sections of the network and assist passengers in following social distancing guidelines adopted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.