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Journal 165 - LUAS


Contracts Efacec, a Portuguese company, has been awarded a 26m contract to design, supply and test electro-mechanical equipment, including catenary, substations, signalling and information systems, for lines B1 and C1.

The RPA has awarded Kent Stainless (Wexford) Ltd a contract for the supply of stainless steel platform furniture. The contract, which in particular covers the lines to be developed under the Transport 21 plan, is for 5 years, with an option for a further 5 years.

VAE GmbH of Vienna has been awarded a contract for the supply of specialist trackwork. The company will be responsible for developing preliminary track designs into detailed switch and crossings designs, in accordance with the RPA's requirements. This will include the fabrication and supply of all the switch and crossing layouts, points motors, as well as the connections and fittings between the points and the points motors. The work to be undertaken may also include the fabrication and supply of rail expansion joints and other specialist elements of trackwork. VAE will arrange for the layouts to be polymer coated prior to delivery to a storage facility in Dublin and may also be required to supervise the installation of the equipment.

Line A1 (Belgard-Citywest) The RPA has begun the process of applying for a railway order for Line A1. The Agency will apply to An Bord Pleanála 'on or after' 20 December for the order, which, if granted, will allow it provide for the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed line which will run from a junction between the Belgard and Cookstown stops on the existing Red Line to a terminus at Garter Lane in Saggart, a distance of 4.2km. The work will also include a remodelling of the existing Belgard stop to provide a centre turnback siding there.

The application will be accompanied by a draft of the proposed railway order, plans of the proposed works, a book of reference to the plans and an Environmental Impact Statement. These documents were posted to the RPA’s website on 20 December and will be made available for inspection during a 6-week period from 2 January until 13 February at the offices of An Bord Pleanála, South Dublin County Council and the RPA. An Bord Pleanála will consider any relevant written submissions received by it by 13 February and may, at its absolute discretion, hold an oral hearing into the application.

Line B1 (Sandyford-Brides Glen) Work is progressing a pace along the course of this 7.5-km extension to the Luas system.

Area 13 (Sandyford-Murphystown Rd) Utility diversion works in the area currently occupied by the Sandyford Park & Ride site are to start in early 2008. To facilitate this work the 100-space P+R site will close on 7 January. A redesigned facility, with a lesser number of spaces, will open in late 2008.

Utility diversion works affecting road traffic on Blackthorn Ave were completed on 6 October. Diversion of a water main on Burton Hall Rd took place during the school mid-term break, 26 October-4 November.

Construction of the piers of the bridge, which will carry the line over the Brewery Rd/ Leopardstown Rd roundabout, is progressing steadily. It is expected that the structural steel for the bridge deck will be lifted into place early in 2008. Construction of the bridge over the M50 at Leopardstown is also progressing well, with two piers being complete before Christmas.

Area 14 (Murphystown Rd-Ballyogan Wood) Utility diversion works are continuing along Ballyogan Rd. These works included the diversion of underground high voltage ESB cables close to the junction of Ballyogan Rd and Ballyogan Ave. Work on the reconstruction of Ballyogan Rd is well advanced.

Area 15 (Ballyogan Wood-Bride’s Glen) Construction of the piers for the bridge, which will carry the line across the M50 and the Leopardstown Racecourse access road was complete by the end of September. The first structural steel section of the bridge deck was lifted into position on Saturday 20 October. The steel spans over the two motorway carriageways were put in place during road closures on the nights of 10-11 and 17-18 November. Further road closures will be required to install the deck sections.

The original bridge over the alignment of the former Harcourt St railway line at Glenamuck Rd has been demolished and construction of its replacement has commenced. A pedestrian walkway has been established around the worksite.


The remainder of this article appears in IRRS Journal number 165, published February 2008.

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