Luas (Tram System Dublin) - Luas Infrastructure - C

Luas (Tram System Dublin) - C

Luas Infrastructure

Luas Stops and Lines

The network currently comprises two lines:

  • Red Line - The Point or Connolly station to Saggart or Tallaght (each route is approximately 20.7 kilometres (12.9 mi) long, but the total track length is longer since the Belgard-Tallaght and Belgard-Saggart sections are separate parts of the Red Line)
  • Green Line - Broombridge via Sandyford to Bride's Glen, 24.5 kilometres (15.2 mi)
  • The Red Line runs east-west through Dublin's Northside, then crosses the River Liffey and travels southwest to the heavily populated suburb of Tallaght, and then on through the Citywest campus to terminate at Saggart.

It was planned, designed and constructed in two separate stages:

  • Line A: Tallaght to O'Connell Street
  • Line C: O'Connell Street to Connolly Station

This was followed by two extensions:

  • Line C1: From Connolly to The Point, which opened in December 2009
  • Line A: The spur from Belgard to Saggart, which opened in July 2011

On the south side of Dublin city, the Green Line mostly follows the route of the old Harcourt Street railway line, which was reserved for possible reuse when it closed in 1958.

It was known internally as Line B during planning and construction, and has also had several extensions:

  • Line B: Was originally from Sandyford to St Stephen's Green.
  • Line B1: Is the extension from Sandyford to Bride's Glen which opened in July 2010.
  • Line BX: Is the extension from St Stephen's Green to connect with the Red Line which opened in December 2017.
  • Line D: Extends Line BX to Broombridge and opened simultaneously with Line BX in December 2017.
  • Line B2: Is a proposed extension from Bride's Glen to Bray.

The cost of building the original Red and Green Lines was €728m. It was envisaged in the original plans that the Green Line would meet the Red Line at O'Connell Street. However, two separate unconnected lines were built, leaving a 1.1 km (0.68 mi) (10-15 minute walk) - through O'Connell Street, Westmoreland Street, College Green and Grafton Street - between the two lines.

Plans to link the lines were announced with the proposed building of the BX Line under Transport 21: this was opened to passengers on 9 December 2017. There are 32 stops on the Red Line and 35 (plus two further unopened stations) on the Green Line.

A third line to Lucan (Line F) is planned. The line is planned to start in the city centre and travel north west to Lucan.

Luas Tram Dublin Overview

Luas Locale: Dublin, Ireland
Luas Transit Type: Tram (or Light rail)
Luas Number of Lines: 2 (Red and Green)
Luas Number of Stations: 67
Luas Daily Ridership: 114,500 passengers
Luas Annual Ridership: 48 million passengers (2019)
Luas Began Operation: 30 June 2004, 19 years ago
Luas Operator(s): Transdev
Luas Number of Vehicles: 26 Citadis 301 (3000 Class)
14 Citadis 401 (4000 Class)
41 Citadis 402 (5000 Class)

Luas System Length: 42.1 kilometres (26.2 mi)
Luas Track Gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) standard gauge
Luas Electrification: 750 V DC overhead line


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