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Friday 24 March 2017

Cross City trams to do test run in June

The Luas works have caused disruption in the city centre
The Luas works have caused disruption in the city centre

Trams will begin running on the new Luas Cross City line in June when engineers begin testing in advance of full passenger services.

A gauge run will take place in the summer which will last for up to 12 hours and allow experts to examine performance on each stretch of the 5.9km line.

A spokeswoman said full passenger services would begin in the first half of December, more than four years after construction works began.

"In mid-June there will be a gauge run," she said. "We will run a tram from St Stephen's Green at walking pace, with people from Transdev, the operator, the contractors, gardai and Dublin City Council running diagnostics. It will take between 12 and 14 hours.

"We have to check every single inch of the route from the perspective of the driver, checking signalling and how the tram physically moves through the city. Another tram may also run in the opposite direction."

Luas Cross City will cost €368m and works began in June 2013. It will add 10 million passenger trips each year and reduce private car trips by a million.

It is an extension of the Luas Green line and runs between St Stephen's Green and Broombridge, where it will interchange with Irish Rail services. The journey will take 21 minutes.

Those intending to switch to the Red line serving the Point Depot and Tallaght will change at O'Connell Street.

Heritage

Thirteen stops will be installed, eight of them in the city centre. Fares have not yet been decided.

All track has been laid in the city centre and the depot at Broombridge will be completed by May.

Stops and platforms are under construction, and the works include the re-instatement of paving, cast-iron bollards and lamp stands as well as heritage items including the Lady Grattan Fountain, horse troughs, the Thomas Moore statute and Rotunda Hospital railings.

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