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Luas Track problem

There have been reports of problems with sections of Luas track in Dublin, in particular the use of a polymer material in certain sections of the track outside the city centre. The polymer material referred to is a synthetic compound intended to provide a resilient support for the tram rails. Some of the bonding between the polymer material and the adjoining concrete was not performing to specification. The Railway Procurement Agency states that detailed analysis of the problem by specialist engineers has demonstrated that there is no risk to safety or to the normal operation of the system for the foreseeable future.

The RPA is also of the view that the contractor is liable for making required repairs at no cost to the tax payer. It is expected that rectification works will commence later this year and that the technical solution chosen will result in little or no interruption to passenger services.

13 January 2006

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