Article updated June 14th
Roadworks have been a familiar sight around Dublin city centre since June 2013, but the good news is that the end is in sight: Luas Cross City works are on schedule to be completed in December. Read on to find out what’s coming down the track for the rest of the year…
Luas Cross City is an extension of the green line with 13 new stops – eight in the city centre, two at the new DIT campus in Grangegorman and the other three serving the northside areas of Phibsborough, Cabra and Broombridge. Luas expect to carry 10 million more passenger journeys per year once it’s finished.
New stops and platforms are currently being built at various locations, including at Trinity College and Dawson St. Expect to see large boxes sheltering the stops from the elements while ticket machines, signs, bins and shelters are fitted.
June: A milestone comes on June 17th and 18th in the form of a ‘Gauge Run’. This major set-piece will bring a tram down the full length of the track for the first time, allowing technicians to take measurements and run diagnostics in preparation for the full service.
On Saturday (17th), two trams will move at slow speeds (5-10kph) between St. Stephen’s Green, College Green and O’Connell Street. Then on Sunday (18th), the gauge run will continue between Broadstone and Cabra and through the city centre again. Both test runs will take place from approximately 7am until mid-afternoon.
Summer: Construction work continues as ‘heritage items’ are replaced. This will include water troughs, paving, kerbs, bollards, railings and the statues that have been moved to make way for works. As a result, Lady Grattan and Thomas Moore will be returned to their usual spots. However, a Dublin City Council spokesman says that no decision has yet been taken on whether Molly Malone will return to Grafton St from her current location beside St Andrew’s Church off Suffolk Street.
Around the same time, Luas will work with Dublin City Council to modify and upgrade traffic lights and light sequences in order to prepare for the arrival of trams along the new route.
Late summer to Autumn: Work will continue along the route, reinstating paving that has been removed and resurfacing roads to their finished standard.
September: Drivers will be trained.
December: The line is scheduled to open.
Luas say that there will be less impact on traffic because fitting wires and cables and building the stops will require smaller working areas than those that were created for laying track.
In addition to the existing right-turn ban from O’Connell St to Cathal Brugha St, Luas tell us that more changes are planned:
Luas say that this is all still to be finalised by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, but it is anticipated that it will be broadly in line with the existing arrangements.
Route map and artist’s impressions courtesy of Luas Cross City
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