Irish Railway Record Society
Journal 190 - LUAS
LUAS CROSS CITY
Laying Track laying is
proceeding with sections of rail now installed along Dominick St Lower, Dominick
St Upper, Marlborough St, Hawkins St, College Green, Westmoreland St, Grafton
St, Dawson St and O'Connell St.
Street To facilitate the
Luas Cross City Main Works on Marlborough St between Cathal Brugha St / Sean
MacDermott St and Talbot St, it was necessary to change traffic movements in the
area. From the 28 October, Marlborough St became one-way southbound between
Cathal Brugha St / Sean MacDermott St and Talbot St. Cathedral St between
Marlborough St and Thomas Lane remained open to vehicular traffic. For a period
of 3-4 months from 6 January 2016, Marlborough St will be closed to general road
traffic between Parnell St and Cathal Brugha St / Sean MacDermott St with the
exception of Findlater Place where local access will be maintained from Cathal
Brugha St / Sean MacDermott St.
Street Lower and Upper The
Luas Cross City Main Works contract covering Dominick St Upper and Dominick St
Lower necessitated the restriction of traffic movements in the area. From 27
October, Dominick St Upper between the junctions of Mountjoy St and Dorset
St/Bolton St was closed. In addition, from early November 2015, Dominick St
Lower operated one-way southbound between the junctions of Dominick Lane and
Street Area The Luas Cross
City Main Works required a number of alterations to traffic movements along
Parnell St and its environs. From 11 January, Parnell St was made one way
westbound from Marlborough St through to Dominick St Lower. As part of the
associated diversions, Dominick St Lower was made one way northbound between its
junctions with Parnell St and Dorset St. In addition, the left hand turn from
Cavendish Row/Parnell Square East was prohibited. Local access will be
maintained at all times.
Line Cherrywood Extension
Friday 16 October 2015 marked the fifth anniversary of the opening of the
has completed the 300,000km overhaul of 26 Citadis 402 trams supplied in 2009
for the Green Line. This follows completion of the 600,000km overhaul of the
original batch of Citadis 401 trams which are now based on the Red Line. The
work undertaken at the Sandyford Depot included changing wheels and overhauling
articulations, master controllers and heating and ventilation including cab
air-conditioning. Alstom also modified pantograph connectors and upgraded static
converters. The depot’s bogie overhaul area was upgraded with an improved
wheel press, additional bogie stands and a revised layout to streamline the
RED LIGHT CAMERA
October it was reported that 155 drivers have been detected breaking the red
light at the Luas crossing at Blackhall Place. An automated red light camera was
introduced at the junction in June. Fourteen collisions occurred between
vehicles and Luas trams during 2015.
NEW LUAS CROSS CITY TRAMS
25 November Transport Infrastructure Ireland placed an order valued at €36.5m
with Alstom Transport for the supply of seven new “Citadis 502” trams. The
new trams will be nearly identical to the existing 43m long Citadis 402s
currently operating on the Green Line but will have an additional motor-bogie
module (MIC3 below) and suspended module (CC3 below) in the configuration and
consequently will be 54.6m long and cater for 60 additional passengers per tram,
giving a total capacity of 369. The vehicle therefore will consist of 9 modules:
4 motorised, 1 trailer car and 4 suspended units. There will be 20 doors: eight
double-leaf doors on each side plus two single leaf on each side.
performance of the 502, in all respects, will be equivalent to that of the
Citadis 402s. The differences between the 502s and 402s have been kept to a
minimum and primarily are as follows:
the platform lengths on Luas Cross City are designed to accommodate the longer
trams, the Green Line platforms between St. Stephen’s Green and Sandyford will
be lengthened. The first Citadis 502 is due to be delivered in October 2017.
4 October Red Line
services between Tallaght and Red Cow were suspended for a period during the
afternoon due to a car parked on the track. Services resumed following the
arrival of a tow truck.
9 October A woman was
struck by a Luas tram at the junction of Abbey St and Capel St in Dublin at
11:37. She was taken to hospital.
23 October A collision
between a car and a Luas shortly after 22:00 on Suir Road in Inchicore resulted
in 12 people – ten men and two women, all aged between late teens to mid-30s,
requiring medical assistance. They were taken to St. James’ and Tallaght
Hospitals. None were seriously injured.
29 October Red Line
services between Heuston and Blackhorse were disrupted due to a substantial
bonfire at Basin St Flats, next to the St James’ Hospital morgue. Three units
of Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene.
17 November Red Line
services between Abbey and Connolly/The Point were halted at lunchtime following
a traffic accident close to Busáras. A car had crossed a traffic Island and
stopped on the Luas line.
25 November Red Line
services between Smithfield and the Point were affected after a male pedestrian
was hit by an inbound tram near the Irish Life Mall between the Abbey and Busáras
stops at around 16:50. The man was taken to hospital. Normal services resumed at
9 December Slight delays
were experienced on the Red Line shortly before 16:00 when a passenger was taken
ill on board a tram. Inbound Red Line services were also delayed on Thursday 17
December due to an ill passenger who required assistance from the emergency
6 January One person was
hospitalised after a collision between car and a Luas tram on Benburb St at
around 17:00, close to the Aisling Hotel. The crash caused long delays on the
Red Line with services only running from Blackhorse to Tallaght/Saggart.
22 January Red Line
services were disrupted for a time shortly after 07:30 when a car collided with
a southbound tram.
23 January O’Connell St
was closed in both directions between 15:00 and 16:30 due to a protest march.
Red Line services between Smithfield and Connolly/The Point were suspended for
the duration of the closure.
Services on the Red Line between Belgard and Saggart were stopped during the
afternoon following a signal failure. Services were restored shortly before
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