Irish Railway Record Society
171 - LUAS
The Minister for Transport visited Citywest on 23 September to view construction
work on Line A1. This had progressed sufficiently to allow the laying of the
first section of track through Citywest Business Campus. Construction of the
Park+Ride facility was also underway.
RPA has signed a contract with BAM Rail Ltd. for the construction of the
junction between Line A1 and the existing Red Line at Cookstown, the building of
the substations and the reconfiguration of Belgard Stop. The RPA is continuing
with the selection of a contractor who will deliver equipment for stops, power
supply, including the overhead line equipment (OHLE), and traffic signal works.
The outbound platform at Belgard is to be taken out of service from Monday 11
January until the summer of 2010 to facilitate the reconfiguration of the track
layout and platform arrangements at the stop as part of the Citywest extension
project. The inbound platform will remain in operation as normal throughout this
period, although there will be some changes to the access routes to the stop.
works, including site clearance, enabling, drainage, ducting and boundary works
are nearing completion in this area. Construction of the track slab and track
laying is well advanced between Fettercairn and Fortunestown Lane. The section
of the N82 Citywest Road between Citywest Avenue and Fortunestown Lane was
closed during September to facilitate construction of the line across the road.
Platform works have commenced at the Cheeverstown and Citywest Campus stops.
Trackbed construction is well advanced to the entrance of Carrig Court and has
commenced between there and Carrigmore Glen. The final section, to the terminus
at Saggart is also well advanced.
B1 (Sandyford-Bride’s Glen)
of the track along the entire route is now installed, with only minor sections
to be done. Significant progress has also been made with the erection of OHLE
support poles along the line. It is expected that both these processes will be
complete in early 2010 and that the installation of the overhead contact wires
will begin at that stage.
13 (Sandyford-Murphystown Rd)
Platform construction works and track laying have been completed at the
Sandyford stop. As the new platform track is only accessible from the Bride’s
Glen extension, it will not be brought into use until the opening of that line.
laying has been completed from the M50 bridge to just south of where the
alignment crosses the roadway leading to Glencairn House. The underground
substation at Glencairn, which is located directly beneath the future Glencairn
stop, has been completed. Track laying over the substation has commenced.
14 (Murphystown Rd-Ballyogan Wood)
Track laying, using ballasted track, has been completed from Glencairn stop to
The Gallops stop. There is a trailing crossover immediately before The Gallops
stop. The remainder of the line alongside Ballyogan Rd is laid using embedded
track. Installation of stop furniture at The Gallops, Leopardstown Valley and
Ballyogan Wood stops has commenced.
15 (Ballyogan Wood-Bride’s Glen)
The line from the end of the second M50 bridge to Brennanstown stop has been
laid using ballasted track, except through the Racecourse and Carrickmines stops
where there will be embedded track. Construction of these two stops is
progressing well, as is the fit-out of the Carrickmines electrical substation.
November, the RPA indicated that trams operating on Line B1 would not serve the
proposed Brennanstown stop initially. Due to the non-completion of the road
infrastructure and the number of empty apartments in the vicinity, the Agency
felt that there would be insufficient demand to justify opening the stop and
that any potential passengers would be unable to access the platforms. However,
work on the construction of the stop will be completed to a stage that will
allow it be brought into service once the area develops.
beyond the Brennanstown stop the line passes through the Spine Rd underpass
which has been completed. The overhead contact wire will be supported by
roof-mounted supports. Laughanstown Rd crossing is complete and awaiting
installation of traffic signals. The imprinted concrete on the viaduct between
Laughanstown and Bride's Glen is complete. Construction of Laughanstown,
Cherrywood and Bride's Glen stops is progressing well.
C1 (Busáras/Connolly Station-Point Depot)
Track laying in two short sections was completed by early September. Erection of
the OHLE and construction works at the line’s 4 stops, George’s Dock, Mayor
Sq/NCI, Spencer Dock and The Point, was also completed. Other works undertaken
included reinstatement of kerbs and footpaths, installation of road traffic
lights and street lighting and some drainage works.
Spencer Dock bridge, which carries Line C1 across the Royal Canal, won the Best
Structural Design prize at the Leading European Architects Forum (LEAF) awards
ceremony in Berlin on 4 September. The awards are made to those who “have made
an outstanding contribution to the world of architectural design” and for
buildings that set benchmarks.
In preparation for the start of trial running, a gauging trial was operated
between Connolly and The Point stops on Sunday 13 September. Two trams, 3025
running on the eastbound line and 3016 on the other line, were used in the trial
which checked the alignment of the overhead line, clearances at platforms and
the operation of induction loops at road crossings. No. 3025 was the first of
the two trams to travel on to the new line, departing Connolly at 10:05. It was
also the first to reach The Point terminus, arriving there at 12:02, where it
was welcomed by Harry Crosbie, owner of the O2
(formerly The Point Depot). Further, limited, trial trips along the line were
undertaken in the following weeks.
16 November a more intensive pattern of test running along the line took place.
The Minister for Transport officially opened the Docklands extension of the Red
Line at lunchtime on 8 December. The ceremony took place in the National College
of Ireland in Mayor Sq and was also attended by the Lord Mayor of Dublin,
Councillor Emer Costello, local representatives, residents from the area and
trams were parked at the Mayor Sq/NCI stop during the launch ceremony, 3024 and
3009 on the eastbound line and 3015 on the westbound line. After the Minister
had ceremonially cut the ribbon to launch the service the first tram, 3024,
departed from Mayor Sq/NCI at 14:34 and arrived at The Point at 14:38. After a
short pause, it departed to Heuston. For the remainder of the day services
operated between Heuston and The Point and from Connolly to Tallaght, with free
travel being offered. Regular services began at 05:30 on 9 December, with trams
operating Tallaght-The Point and Connolly-Heuston.
is anticipated that the 1.5 km extension to the Red line, which cost €90m,
will add 1.8m passenger journeys to the Luas system in 2010. Journey time
between Tallaght and The Point is approximately 52 minutes.
F (City Centre-Lucan)
While the overall route for the Line F remains unchanged, the RPA now propose
that its construction will be undertaken in two phases. The first phase,
referred to as F1, will run from the Newcastle Road in Lucan to a junction with
the existing Red line at Blackhorse. As part of this phase a turnback siding is
under consideration for the vicinity of the Fatima stop. Services could continue
over the Red Line to Connolly or The Point, or could reverse at Fatima. Phase 2,
F2, would see the construction of the section from Thomas St to College Green.
In October the RPA published the Final Draft EIS Scoping Report for Line F1.
New Trams Delivery of Type 402 trams to Sandyford continues a pace:
5001 and 5002 entered passenger service on 23 September. These were followed by
5003/04/05 on 29 September, 5007/08 on 24 October, 5009 on 2 November, 5010 on
25 November and 5011 on 24 December.
With the introduction of 5000-class trams into service on the Green line, the
transfer of the 14 4000-class vehicles to the Red Line has begun. By the end of
the year seven of the fleet were based at the Red Cow depot. Red Line tram 3011,
which had been operating on the Green Line to provide additional capacity, had
also been transferred back to its original base.
A Unilok shunter (No. 4019 of 2009) has been acquired for use at Red Cow depot.
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