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Luas extension survives

The Irish Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has confirmed the postponement of the Dublin Metro North and the DART Underground link and also the postponement of extensions to main Line Rail network. The only project to survive cuts is the LUAS BXD project which involves the provision of a link between the existing LUAS Red and Green Lines and extending the network onwards through the city centre to Cabra (Broombridge) via Broadstone and Grangegorman. The Minister confirmed that the main construction work will start on Luas BXD in 2015. At an estimated cost of up to EUR 170 million, the Luas link-up is planned to run from St Stephen’s Green by Trinity College and up O’Connell Street before doubling back down Marlborough Street and across a new Liffey bridge.

It will connect the Green Line, which terminates at St Stephen’s Green, to the Red Line, which runs along Abbey Street, and also form part of a new line connecting Luas services with a suburban rail station at Broombridge near Cabra.

Effectively this will give Dublin three Tram Routes, all linked together allowing further shorter routes.

14 November 2011

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