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Dublin extension approved

A Railway Order has been granted for the Luas Broombridge line (Line BXD) It will extend the Green Line from Stephen's Green to Broombridge near South Finglas and new development at Royal Canal Park..The Luas Red and Green lines will finally be connected and interchange with the Maynooth Line will be provided at Irish Rail's Broombridge Station. The new line will also directly serve the new Dublin Institution of Technology Campus at Grangegorman which was recently given the green light to proceed and which will accommodate more than 20,000 students.

It is expected that the construction of the line will generate 800 jobs. The cost of the project will be in the region of EUR370m and passenger services are planned to commence in 2017. The new line, which is approximately 6km in length, with 13 convenient stops, will offer an end to end journey time of just 24 minutes and is expected to attract an additional 8 million passenger journeys on Luas each year - a 25% increase. Luas has bucked the trend - despite the recession Luas passenger numbers have remained very high with 29 million passengers carried in 2011. The Railway Procurement Agency has always aimed to operate Luas without a subvention and to date this objective has been achieved.

Further information can be found on the Railway Procurement Agency website and a map of the extended network

4 August 2012

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