One of the new 55m Luas trams on O’Connell Bridge, Dublin last week
Justin McCarthy, of RTE, reports:
The Dáil has been told that passengers taking the new Luas Cross City line at rush hour would be “quicker walking” because of congestion in Dublin city centre.
The claim was made by Fianna Fáil’s transport spokesman Robert Troy.
He said he took the Cross City line from Dawson Street to O’Connell Street this morning “in order to experience for myself the length of time”.
“It took 20 minutes, I would have been quicker walking,” he said.
“Coming back I took a taxi in order to be here for Question Time. [It took] 25 minutes.
Passengers are ‘quicker walking’ than taking new Luas line, Dáil hears (RTE)
Previously: Bridge of Sighs
O’Connell Bridge, Dublin 1
An extra long 55m tram Luas tram crosses O’Connell Bridge.
The longer tram has caused disruptions on the bride since its introduction last month.
Seven more will be in service by April.
Previously: One Job
O’Connell Bridge, Dublin 1
On the second day of its operation, Tram No 5027 failed to clear O’Connell Bridge northbound with the rear of the carriages jutting out and blocking traffic on the South Quays.
The tram, which has two extra carriages compared to existing trams, was itself blocked beforehand by a taxi parked in a yellow box.
…City traffic planners had warned that the new large Luas cannot stop on O’Connell Bridge without blocking traffic.
This was one of the reasons put forward for traffic restrictions on Bachelor’s Walk on the North Quays.
…Luas operator Transdev is currently operating just one 55m tram each day, but there will be seven in service by April.
Longer Luas blocks traffic on Dublin’s South Quays (John Kilraine, RTÉ)
Tuesday: His Cross To Bear
You wait around for ages…
O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
The first cross city Luas.
Stephen Hanlon writes:
Wasn’t this much fuss when Obama and [British] Queen Liz came to town!
Middle pic from left: Minister for Transport Shane Ross, Taoiseach Leo Vardkar, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe on the first Luas to traverse Dublin city.
Big day out.
Pics Rollingnews and Leo Varadkar
Name that model, anyone?
Green Weds Red.
For the weekend that’s in it.
Fergus Keane, of FRO Films, writes:
The Green and Red Luas lines are being joined tomorrow afternoon, and a few actors in Dublin came together to mark this holy matrimony…
Streets Of Dublin tweetz:
Luas crossing Rosie Hackett bridge yesterday morning, soon we will be able to get on it!
Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Luas is operational downtown.
Pics: Alan Bracken and Cathal O’Donnell
Concerned Pedestrian writes:
find it strange that the Luas are targeting cyclists with their near misses video when less than 2 weeks ago a female pedestrian died after being hit by Luas tram.
Rather than make the Luas lines safer for cyclists by implementing a non slip track coating, or innovative technology such as Saferails they go on the offensive.
The Luas cross city works at Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2.