Laying Down Some Tracks



This afternoon.

O Connell Bridge

Finishing off the Luas cross city connection. Taken from the 10th Floor of O Connell Bridge House, D’Olier Street, Dublin 2 (Heineken Building).

Soon we will all walk those lines.


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38 thoughts on “Laying Down Some Tracks

    1. Tis N dav

      The Luas drivers are demanding the rails be made of gold so they can glide along like the essential infrastructure royalty, they so super are.

    2. Starina

      can’t wait to see how many junkies we see in Ranelagh/harcourt/stephens green once the Luas is done.

  1. Daddy Wilson

    They’ve been finishing that off for a very long time now to be fair.
    Traffic in the city is a catastrophe every morning now.
    And before anyone says anything to me about public transport, that’s all I use in the city and it’s incredible. Fifteen minutes from O’c bridge to college green this morning via D’olier st. Incredible.

  2. John

    What’s the point in this post? The track is being done in sections/chunks and this is just one more piece, it’s not all connected up yet.

  3. Owen

    Sure even when its built the Luas lads will be on strike so often it will never run.

    1. Kieran NYC

      Oh, and their latest round of action is to target Leaving Cert students sitting exams. A qualification you don’t actually need to drive the Luas…

      But aren’t they wonderful all the same!

  4. Birneybau2

    Nobody seems to have read that due to the the Green and Red lines linking up, the Red line will only travel as far as Jervis Street inbound from 21st May to some time in July.

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      Exactly Burnyballs2.
      I haven’t read the rest of the comments yet but the planned ‘4-hour’ strikes are predicted to take up to six and a half hours, with taking trams out of commission and getting them running again.
      Nobody’s talking about that.
      -It should be a laugh.

      (I am a Luas user myself. I love the Luas. I’d like to know that my driver is happy. That’s all.)

  5. manolo

    I trust they know that digging down into a bridge with heavy machinery can cause hydraulic issues.

    1. SPANX

      Hi (“Hola”) Manolo,

      I’m the senior site engineer on this project. I’m a teeny bit put out by something you just said. Could you please elaborate (as a matter of urgency)?

      Thanks (“Gracias”)!

      1. manolo

        Hola mister ingeniero,

        My comment is based purely on a visual observation, very rough estimates and some wild speculation about the structure of the bridge, which I am sure pales compared to your expertise and the quality of the data available to you.

        I had guesstimated that there is about 1000-1200 mm of solid matter between the road surface and the top of the arches under the bridge. At least half of that appears to have been dug (?) by the excavator, leaving me to entertain thoughts of how far the structure would allow digging before a catastrophic collapse occurred.

        While I may have implied that mechanical properties of liquids should be considered, I was in fact thinking of the submersibility of your equipment.

        I hope my speculative thoughts do not impede your good sleep.



        1. SPANX


          Estamos hasta las orejas en la mierda ahora. Voy a estar en el vuelo de las 6 a Málaga. Le sugiero que se unan a mí.

          1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

            -‘Don’t cross that bridge

            Very good Spunx. I get it.
            -So you’re doing jokes now, are you?

            I’m looking forward to this.

    1. Chucky R. Law

      They should build a genuine bona-fide electrified six-car monorail. Or at least a Luas on stilts.

  6. Billlebaars

    I’m still curious if there will be an actual junction between the LCC and the Red line i.e. a single luas from St Stepehen’s green to Tallagh or the Point. The LCC website talks about an interchange, so I reckon one will still have to walk from the green line to the red, albeit a much smaller distance.

    1. Pip

      Was about to get peeved about this then thought of good old London Underground where you’d happily, hotly, sprint in what you thought was the right direction when changing lines. Mind The Gap!

    2. SB

      I think you’ll actually have to change (and wait for a Luas) TWICE – once at Stephen’s Green to get on the new line, then hop off/on again at Abbey St to get on the Red line.

    1. manolo

      The beauty of not being a native speaker…. admittedly a big swishhhh over my head.

  7. Spaghetti Hoop

    The point my dear friend is CABRA WEST. The Luas Lady will soon whisper it gently in your ear.

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