Irish Railway Record Society
Journal 192 - LUAS
LUAS Cross City route takes it past the former Midland
Great Western Railway station at Broadstone and under the current bus garage.
With a car park currently in front of the building, and a substantial drop down
to track level, a large concrete wall was erected to prevent subsidence of the
bank and to prevent cars from reversing too far.
residents were “outraged” at the structure, with an angry back-lash via
social media and printed press, notably The
Party councillor Ciarán Cuffe, a former minister of state for planning, was
also involved. “It seems to me that some of the worst aspects of this rather
sheer and brutal wall could be mitigated if the upper part of the wall were
replaced by carefully designed transparent vertical railings at the top 1200mm
section,” he recently told the Luas project team.
responded by pointing out that the parapet was needed for “public safety
reasons”, to prevent vehicles using the space in front of the Broadstone
building from falling onto the Luas stop area below. This arises because the
“public space” in question is being used as a car park by Bus Éireann
staff. The finished wall is to be clad in “panels of white limestone”.
to the backlash from this, Luas Cross City have agreed to look at the plans
again and consider redesign. Interestingly, the former building was hidden from
the road for many years by the Maxol petrol station that stood on the site of
Update: During 2016, significant
progress has been made with the Luas Cross City project. Track laying in the
city centre is now complete. Construction of the stops at Dominick Street,
Marlborough, O’Connell / GPO, Trinity, Cabra, Dawson, Westmoreland has
commenced. This includes the installation of the necessary stop furniture. The
tie-in track works between the Luas Red and Green lines have been completed. The
track across O’Connell Bridge linking Dublin’s North and South quays has
been installed. Work on laying the OCS (Overhead Conductor System) is now in
progress. The reinstatement of heritage pavement has started. Construction work
on the new depot at Broombridge is at an advanced stage. Two new substations
have been built. A new bridge has been built at Broadstone while the deck has
been replaced on the Liam Whelan/ Fassaugh Road Bridge.
Alterations: A number of traffic
restrictions were implemented to facilitate construction work. The Dawson
Street/Nassau Street Junction was closed to vehicular traffic and cyclists
between Duke Street and Nassau Street from 3 October for four weeks. This
allowed works to take place at the junction of Dawson Street and Nassau Street.
The junction reopened on Friday 28 October. The O’Connell Street median taxi
rank was permanently closed on the morning of Tuesday 18 October. At the same
time, replacement taxi ranks opened on O’Connell Street outside the Gresham
Hotel, on both sides of Cathal Brugha Street, and on Parnell Street (east of
O’Connell Street). There are plans for other new taxi ranks on Prince’s
Street North and Earl Street North (both night time ranks), on Parnell Street
(west of O’Connell Street), and on Middle Abbey Street. Vehicle access into
and out of Duke Street from Dawson Street was prohibited from Tuesday 1 November
until Thursday 24 November. The right turn from O’Connell Street to Cathal
Brugha Street was closed permanently from
Wednesday 9 November. The alternative route to the
area for general traffic is now via Parnell Square, Gardiner Row, Great Denmark
Street and Hill Street. Buses, taxis and cyclists may access the area via
Parnell Square and O’Connell Street, turning left into Cathal Brugha Street
from O’Connell Street. The left turn from Westmoreland Street to Fleet Street
closed for a period of 6 weeks from Monday 6 February 2017. Access to the Car
Park and other local access to the Fleet Street area was available by diverting
via Aston Quay. This closure will be lifted before St. Patrick’s Day.
and Urban Transit In its February
2017 issue, devoted to driverless trams, TUT reports that in 2016 following the
Luas strike Dublin was the first city to call for tram automation. A proposal by
Councillor Smyth to Dublin City Council that “ Given the disruption, both
civic and economic, caused by the Luas drivers’ strike...this committee calls
on the new Minister for transport, the National Transport Authority, Transport
infrastructure Ireland and Transdev, to future-proof all new Luas rolling stock
so that it is capable of being fitted with self-driving software...” was
passed by the Council’s Transport Committee. SIPTU Drivers’ Union organiser,
Owen Reidy dismissed the proposal as a “hair- brained crazy scheme”.
Between 07:00 and 19:00 on
Thursday 8 December, approximately 8,000 shoeboxes of Christmas gifts for the
homeless were collected in tram 3005 at Connolly Station. The scheme was for the
benefit of the Inner City Helping Homeless charity, and also served around 350
hot meals and 60 haircuts for those in need.
7 October 2016:
Services on the Luas Green Line stopped shortly
after 09:00 on Friday 7 October 2016 when two trams failed due to a technical
fault with overhead wires. The line remained closed until 06:30 on Saturday
morning, 8 October.
the disruption, Luas tickets were valid on Dublin Bus, while Finnegan’s
Coaches of Bray provided a service between Dundrum and Brides Glen Luas stops.
28 October 2016:
Tram 3005 was involved in an accident with a Dublin Cityscape sightseeing bus
(Volvo B7TL / Plaxton President 03-KE-16301) at Bow Street, on the city centre
side of the Smithfield stop. Units of the Dublin Fire Brigade, ambulances and
Gardaí were in attendance, and by 13:00 the bus was moved from the tram.
Services operated between Blackhorse and Tallaght / Saggart from approximately
11:00 until 13:50. The tram made the journey back to Red Cow depot under its own
power. Members of the Rail Accident Investigation Unit were in attendance. 7
people were hospitalised
7 November 2016: Luas Red Line services experienced delays of up to 40 minutes
following a collision between a car and a Garda car at the Queen Street /
Benburb Street junction. The incident occurred shortly after 21:00. No injuries
were reported. Delays continued until 22:30.
14 November 2016: Major disruption
to Luas Red Line services occurred shortly after 17:00 when a lorry carrying an
excavator brought down the overhead conductor system at the Kingswood / Belgard
Road junction. Following the accident, the road at Belgard was partially closed.
Luas services only operated between Red Cow and Connolly / The Point.
7 December 2016:
A car and tram 4002 were involved in a collision at the Tallaght Hospital stop
at approximately 12:00. The pantograph section was derailed in the collision.
The line between Belgard and Tallaght
was closed from 12:00 to 14:41, with replacement bus services in operation.
Trams from Saggart inbound were not affected.
14 December 2016:
Line trams ran between Tallaght / Saggart and Smithfield between 08:08 and 08:21
due to a power issue. Tickets were valid on Dublin Bus for that duration.
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