32 thoughts on “College Green Line

    1. Huh?

      It’s really neither of those things, just different thinking of what modernity and cost effectiveness was at the time. Context is everything etc

      1. meadowlark

        I meant in terms of linking the two lines. It seems like it should have been straightforward, have a single Luas crossing the city at the time of planning and construction, rather than now. But I believe you’re right in terms of the old lines. It is a pity, but not surprising, given they were out of use.

        1. ollie

          The luas lines weren’t linked because Dawson St traders lobbied the government not to.
          Remember the self serving Fianna Fail shower? They haven’t gone away you know.

  1. Eoin

    I was told the tram lines were originally removed, back in the day, because cyclists kept getting their wheels caught in the tracks and some serious accidents were happening. I don’t know how true this is.

    1. Nessy

      I heard it was because people favoured the motor car/buses and the powers that be at the time thought that trams were “old fashioned” and favoured paved roads for the predicted rise in motor card use. Dame Street and Lord Edward street was subsequently widened to accommodate more vehicular traffic

    2. Sam

      Are you asking why they went out of business, or why the tracks were removed after that? Probably a combination of factors – trip hazard, and also cost of maintenance of the road with the track still in it.

    3. All the good ones fly south for winter

      I heard that the original development brief and technical manual became lost, therefore it was assumed that the system worked on sorcery, they then ripped it up on the advise of Rome.

    4. Medium Sized C

      I’m betting not very.

      I’m betting economics was a better idea. Probably the abundance of cheap oil making bus and cars a much cheaper option.

  2. MrGavoB

    it feels like its taken them longer to link up the lines than it did to build the whole system in the first place.
    Probably untrue, but it feels that way.

    1. Grace

      Yeh it does seem to be taking ages to do it alright, but apparently the reason is the need to keep all streets open and traffic moving at all times in core city centre areas – I think they are having to stagger works over time in different areas to facilitate this. In addition, there are a ton of utility cables under the city centre which needed to be moved out of the way of line, before tracks could be laid – this took up 2014 I think and the start of 2015 too.

    2. Clampers Outside!

      That’s because they’ve had to stop, cover over and recommence a few times.

      And again, this, and works on OConnell St, will all be covered over come Paddy’s Day parade and the 1916 commemoration / parade a week after….. so expect more delays, and it all feeling like it’s takin’ longer to finish.

      ’tis a bummer, but it’ll be worth it

  3. DubLoony

    Hope they put the granite paving back down around Trinity college. The tarmac there looks dreadful.
    Not looking forward to seeing overhead wires hanging out of historic buildings.

    1. St. John Smythe

      To make the place really historical looking, we should cover the streets in horsesh*t and urchins

  4. Scraib

    If the old tram system had been kept and steadily upgraded throughout the years would Dublin trafic and commuting be in a better or worse position I wonder?

    1. Nessy

      They’d plan for it to be worse I’m sure, like sticking in a few roundabouts for trams to use. Lets not forget that the Red Luas used to have to stop at traffic lights at the Red Cow roundabout to accommodate motorists on the M50 motorway (and visa versa). It’s really funny to think now how ludicrous the whole thing was looking back now

    1. mike

      Looks like the 3 workers remained standing in the same place from Nov 18th until today. No wonder nothing has changed.

  5. joj

    another toy train train hurdling 5 kmph through the city, maybe someday they’ll have the foresight to put the next one underground

  6. ollie

    It’s a shame that the new tracks have been located so close to the already overcrowded footpath.

    Also, I fear that David Norris might whizz out of the gates of Trinners on his high nelly just as the 17:01 to Cabra is passing.
    Grouse eggs in a wicker basket meeting shiny aluminium, ouch!

    1. Conor

      Yeah I was just about to say that. Is it just me or is the tramline alot closer to the footpath than portrayed in the photshopped plans?!
      Of course it should all be underground but that’s never going to happen in our lifetimes.

  7. Frenchfarmer

    Being a nefarious thinker; I would guess that they were no longer profitable and a friend of someone in the Council charged them an arm and a leg to rip then up and then made a packet selling the rails to someone else.
    But that’s just normal interpocketaction between local government and local business as it is.

  8. Formerly known as @ireland.com

    Melbourne kept its trams. They are an important part of the transport network. They do link with the metropolitan rail network, in many places.

    The trams are free in the CBD, which is a recent improvement.

  9. Dave

    Daft route- should have gone to westland row and up pearse street. There will be a ton of pedestrian accidents at that corner.

    1. ahyeah

      Yep. A stop at Westland Row would have provided another link between the Dart and Luas. Connolly is way too congested at peak times.

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