Greens: Government must act to restore Luas reliability

14th March 2018

Despite a 10% increase in passenger numbers in 2017, and 30% extra Green Line to service, tram numbers increased by only 7
The Green Party said today that the Government must act to restore the reliability of Luas services following another day of delays and overcrowding for commuters on the Green Line. The Party called on Minister for Transport Shane Ross to bring together the relevant stakeholders and find a solution to the travel chaos.
Speaking today, Green Party Deputy Leader and TD for Dublin Rathdown, Catherine Martin, said: “People are absolutely fed up with this situation, and the Government must intervene to restore the reliability of the Luas on the Green Line. We cannot have a situation where a rainy day grinds the whole city to a halt. We’re calling on the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, to pull together the local authorities, the National Transport Authority, Trandev, and whoever else necessary, and find a solution to this problem.
“Following my request, the Oireachtas Transport Committee agreed to have Transdev in to explain the delays. If Minister Ross doesn’t actively engage with the issue in the coming days, perhaps he and the other stakeholders can also be brought before the committee.
“These problems were entirely predictable, and responsibility lies with the Government for poor planning. Even though passenger numbers on the Luas increased by 10.2% in 2017, and the Luas has approximately 30% more track on the Green Line to service since the opening of the Cross City, only 7 more trams will be in circulation this year over last. Capacity is a massive issue already, and will only get worse as development at Cherrywood kicks off.
“The Government must act. The situation with overcrowding and delays is becoming dangerous.”