Greens: Minister Ross must speed up roll-out of longer Luas trams

10th January 2018

Dublin Rathdown TD and Green Party Deputy Leader has called on the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, and Transport Infrastructure Ireland to roll out the delivery of the extended Luas trams on the Green Line/Cross City as soon as possible.
Deputy Martin said: "I have been contacted by many constituents who are very frustrated at the hugely increased pressure on the Green Line/Cross City Luas since its opening in December. While this is a very welcome expansion of public transport in the city, it is hard to understand the poor planning which resulted in the new Cross City line being opened in the run up to the Christmas period without any solutions to deal with the hugely increased passenger traffic which was an inevitable consequence. The delay of the roll-out of the longer trams has resulted in passenger gridlock at many stations in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown during rush hour on these cold winter days and nights.
"This has had a hugely adverse effect on the people of Stepaside, Leopardstown, Ballyogan, Carrickmines and Cherrywood, for many of whom the Luas Green Line is the primary mode of transport to Dublin city centre.
“Further, the removal of the Sandyford Park and Ride for the majority of 2018 and a reduced service from Sandyford to Bride's Glen has only added to pressure on commuters and goes to show a further lack of adequate planning and joined-up thinking in the run up to the opening of the new Luas line.
“I have already submitted a Parliamentary Question to the Minister to ask how he intends to tackle this issue and I will receive a response once the Dáil resumes next week.”
PQ submitted by Catherine Martin TD - To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the new extended LUAS trams on the Green Line/Cross City Line are to be introduced; to outline any further measures his Department will take to deal with increased demand on this line following the opening of the Cross City Line; if he can provide data on the increase in number of passengers on this Line since the opening of the Cross City Line extension in December 2017; if he will make a statement on the matter.]