Eamon Ryan, Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport at the launch of a public consultation on the Emerging Preferred Route  (top) for Luas Finglas at Luas Broombridge Depot this morning

This morning.

A Luas extension to Finglas will put a ‘grass track’ through three local parks, according to the plan that has been drawn up by Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

Via RTÉ:

The 4km Finglas track would provide four extra stops on the Green Line, as well as 600 spaces for a new park and ride facility at the new terminus at Charlestown.

The route going out for public consultation would go through Tolka Valley Park, Barnamore Grove linear park and Mellows Park.

A brochure [at link below] published by TII and the National Transport Authority for public consultation states that this will allow most of the new section to be a grass track, which is “an attractive innovation for urban transport in Ireland”.

Finglas Luas extension would see ‘grass track’ through 3 parks (RTÉ)

Brochure here

35 thoughts on “Fingluas

          1. Janet, dreams of big guns

            I learned to ride on the McCanns piebald, no saddle , still stands to me

          2. Johnny Green

            your some cowboy Bert,always trying rustle other mens horses,bet ye got your equestrian skills from yer ma!

          3. Johnny Green

            yeah Bert,about as funny as finding out, some cowboys been hitting all day on your wife,no point rustling an unbroken horse huh!

          4. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

            You’re not great at this Johnny, are you? It works better if you’re funny or insightful, unfortunately for you, you’re neither.

  1. Brian

    Looks good to me. I live near a Luas stop and it’s very handy especially with a buggy.
    I presume people will adapt to not letting their kids/pets play near the park tracks and the trams will travel fairly slowly on the park tracks.
    My only slight gripe is the blocking of the view of the historic Broome Bridge (site of Sir William Rowan Hamilton’s mathematical epiphany). See page 40 of the brochure. The lack of images of the new bridge at Broome Bridge is possibly deliberate!
    However I can’t see any viable alternative route to cross the canal without adding time (and construction costs). Somebody probably complained about Broome Bridge when that was built too.

  2. Grace

    First tram not scheduled to set off to Finglas until 2030 though.
    I won’t hold my breathe on this one

    1. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

      We’ll get into town more quickly but we won’t remember why we went.

  3. Maccers

    All for this – only issue is I get on at Broombridge (current first stop), and it is regularly standing room only even there. They would need to increase the frequency of trams, and I don’t know how they could do this when only every 3rd tram originates at Broombridge (the other two go up O’Connell st and loop around at Parnell to go back southside). But basically it is already at full capacity (pre-Covid times) so by 2030 it will be a mare.

    1. Brother Barnabas

      could do with another stop between broombridge and cabra, too – that was originally intended but seems the site has been sold recently, so looks like it’s not happening

  4. Conor

    Still waiting since it was first initially planned in the 1970s….oh and again in the 90’s, and the 2000’s, and the 2010’s….

    1976 – https://twitter.com/robrtkc/status/718027250675875840/photo/1

    2000 – https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/43bn-bill-to-put-city-back-on-the-rails-26110546.html

    2005 – https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/10-year-plan-for-underground-and-rapid-rail-will-cost-34bn-26005158.html

    2005 again – https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/city-to-get-six-new-luas-lines-under-20bn-transport-plan-25969837.html

    2016 – https://www.railwaygazette.com/dublin-20-year-transport-strategy-published/42352.article

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