I Keep a Close Watch On This Heart Of Mine

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This morning.

Beechwood Luas stop, Dublin 6.

All is fine.

We walk the line.

Commuters Face Chaos As Luas Hit By Strike Action (Independent.ie)

Thanks Colm

37 thoughts on “I Keep a Close Watch On This Heart Of Mine

  1. Grouse

    I think walking the line is a fascinating phenomenon. While I’d do it just for the interesting perspective, is it really the most direct route to walk from one LUAS stop to another?

      1. Grouse

        Yes, but is the quickest way to walk from the city centre to Dundrum along the LUAS line, or would it be along the adjacent roadway?

        1. MoyestWithExcitement

          Iirc it took me about 90 minutes to walk to the quays from the ballaly luas stop.

        2. edalicious

          Apart from anything, you’d need to cross far more roads on the adjacent roadway but I think the main issue is that there isn’t any proper “adjacent” roadway that goes in as straight a line so you’re adding way more distance on all those diagonals

    1. edalicious

      Are the rails, that go in an almost exactly straight line, the shortest route between the two stops?

      I’m going to go with yes on this one.

      1. Grouse

        I mean, I don’t want to point out the obvious someone so well-equipped with cutting sarcasm as yourself, but a quick look at Turgenev’s map below shows a very unstraight line between, say, the city centre and Sandyford. I can do you up a more explicit diagram if you need it.

        1. edalicious

          Admittedly, in my race to scoff sarcastically, I forgot that there’s more Luas beyond where I get on at Windy Arbour.

          1. Grouse

            I’d like to apologise for being so sarcastic in return. It’s unseasonably cold and I’m grumpy.

  2. Tish Mahorey

    Are people walking instead of taking the bus because a bus is considered ewww by some people?

      1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

        I’ve started to call it Renelagh to make myself sound old-school Dublin. People are always really impressed.
        There were a lot more people cycling this morning. I managed to pass a few people out, so obviously they were newbies as I’m always legeddy last.

        1. Anomanomanom

          Old school dublin? I know it’s ran but everyone I know says ren. It’s not old school dublin it’s just dublin.

        2. rotide

          It’s pronounced Renalagh. It’s just one of those things.

          Of course since it’s been gentrified people started calling it Ranelagh due to the spelling. The death knell was the luas and it’s ridiculous faux gaelic translation. Most people say Ranelagh now and try to correct you when you pronounce it correctly.

    1. edalicious

      Any time I’ve done it is because I’ve forgotten there’s a strike on and it would take far longer to walk from the Luas stop to a bus stop to then have to wait another 10-20 mins for a bus before even beginning the journey. The areas around the Luas don’t really have that high a frequency of buses and there aren’t many bus lanes around.

        1. edalicious

          Well certainly the nearest bus stop to the Luas stop that I use is served by two buses that each come once per hour and at no point from where I get on to where I get off do they go on a bus lane. It wouldn’t make much sense for those areas to have a very regular service anyway, since the Luas has such high capacity. It only becomes an issue when the Luas isn’t running for some reason.

          1. MoyestWithExcitement

            “Well certainly the nearest bus stop to the Luas stop that I use is served by two buses that each come once per hour”

            If you’re on the green line, you’re probably not too far from another route with more frequent busses.

            “It wouldn’t make much sense for those areas to have a very regular service anyway,”

            Are you sticking to your claim that they *don’t* have frequent busses?

          2. mildred st. meadowlark

            Moyest, what is the point you’re trying to make with this line of questioning?

            I live in an area with a train line and a bus service. The train is a 20 min walk from my house, the bus is a 2 min walk. There is one major bus route (Dublin Bus, only one route) and it runs every hour to hour and a half. Similarly, the train runs on average once every hour. I’m no further out than Dundrum would be.

            Some areas of Dublin just are getting a frequent, or even adequate, bus and rail service despite it being the capital and it supporting a vast commuter belt.

          3. Rob_G

            It might be due to Moyest’s insistence that no-one would possibly be inconvenienced by a Luas strike, as there are buses.

        2. Owen C

          Top end of Dundrum/Balally, along Sandyford Road. Only bus which services is the 44. It goes once an hour. When the Luas is on strike, it does not stop after Sandyford as it is already full. Alternatives involve around a half mile walk to a bus service that either takes an eternity to get to town (#11, 50 mins to town vs 15 mins on Luas), or a one mile walk to an infrequent service which goes to town via Ringsend (#47, service between every 30-75mins depending on time of day). Both of these are presumably full early on in their journey due to the Luas strike.

          1. Owen C

            I don’t mind driving down to the N11 and jumping on the 46a (which, at 7.15am this morning was already running pretty full and much fuller than usual). But if you don’t have a car, have kids, are a child, are old/infirm/disabled, need to get to somewhere actually along the Luas line, its a fairly decent inconvenience and/or major problem. It has knock on effects as well, of course – the 44 runs right out to DCU. Presumably it is used by students. Many of those students would have struggled to get from Dundrum out to college today. Again, probably not the end of the world, but lets hope it doesn’t happen the same day as an exam.

    1. MoyestWithExcitement

      I wasn’t trying to but your hysterics does now make me think you decided to tell porkies for some bizarre reason. Oh well, each to their own.

      1. edalicious

        Don’t worry Moyest, most people aren’t as invested in internet comment sections as you appear to be.

        1. MoyestWithExcitement

          Or yourself. I see above you say you get on the Luas at windy arbour. 4 busses go by there, not 2, and a lot more frequently than once an hour. Why would you lie about that? It’s so weird.

          1. edalicious

            44, 61, 17 and the 17 goes perpendicular to the Luas so it’s not relevant here. The 44 and the 61 both come only about once an hour.

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