Luas (Tram System Dublin) - Luas Tram Proposed Lines - I

Luas (Tram System Dublin) - I

Luas Tram Proposed Lines

  • Line E - In May 2008, the feasibility study for a possible Luas line E, to run from Dundrum to the City Centre via Rathfarnham, Terenure and Harold's Cross, was completed. The line was found to be feasible and it was submitted to the Minister for Transport but was rejected on being found uneconomic to operate.
  • Line F1/2 - City Centre to Lucan. On 27 September 2007, Noel Dempsey (Minister for Transport) launched the public consultation process for the planned Luas line to Lucan. Two main route options where identified, with a number of sub-options also identified. It was expected that would link with the proposed Metro West. The preferred route was announced in November 2008 and the RPA where planning the precise alignment and station and depot locations. The planning for the two lines was split in two. Line F1 was to be the line from Lucan to where it will connect with the existing red line at Blackhorse and Line F2 will be where the line was to leave the existing red line at James and continue on to College Green.
  • Luas Finglas - A 4 km (2.5 mi) extension from Broombridge through Finglas to Charlestown Shopping Centre was announced in 2020, with a possible operating date of 2028. A public consultation was launched in July 2020. In November 2021, RTÉ News reported that the line would not be complete until after 2031.

Luas Tram Proposed Planned Future Extensions

Line B2 - Cherrywood to Bray environs extension (Green Line). This is a proposed extension of 6.8 km (4.2 mi). On 6 June 2007, the route of this Luas extension was announced. It is proposed to run from Brides Glen to Fassaroe and Bray (adjacent to the DART station), and will run very close to the M11 motorway, eventually crossing it near the Wilford interchange. This extension was postponed in 2009 due to the Post-2008 Irish economic downturn, and while it has been proposed again in the decade since, as of October 2020, the Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan confirmed the extension will not commence in the short term, but could be proposed in the future after the extension to Finglas.

In November 2021 the draft transport strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2022-2042 was published. It details several extensions to existing LUAS lines, notably an extension of the Red Line to Poolbeg to be delivered before 2042. It also proposes up to 8 new lines and extensions, some previously proposed, to be delivered post-2042 with the NTA to "undertake detailed appraisal, planning and design work" in that 20 year time frame. Those lines are:

  • City Centre to Clongriffin.
  • City Centre to Beaumont and Balgriffin.
  • Green Line Extension to Tyrrelstown.
  • City Centre to Blanchardstown.

Red Line Reconfiguration to provide the following lines:

  • Clondalkin-City Centre.
  • Tallaght-Kimmage-City Centre.
  • Tallaght to City Centre via Knocklyon.

Green Line Reconfiguration to provide the following lines:

  • City Centre to Bray via UCD and Sandyford.
  • Sandyford to City Centre.
  • Sandyford to Cherrywood via Foxrock (suggested but unconfirmed).

The plan also examines the potential for an orbital LUAS, declaring that its alignment(s) should be specified and protected in the later half of the plan. Other upgrades to the system such as new stops, expanded depots, and improved security are also mentioned.

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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