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Monday 23 October 2017

Free travel on €300m Luas opening day

THE latest Luas line opens next Saturday - with a free Green Line Luas weekend.

The €300m Luas Cherrywood extension, linking Sandyford with Brides Glen, opens at 11am.

The Railway Procurement Agency said the opening of the 7.5 km of new line will be marked by a free weekend of travel on Saturday and Sunday.

"All Green Line Luas travel -- including the new Cherrywood Extension - will be free to all for the entire weekend," the RPA said.

There will also be a range of free "family friendly" activities along the Luas Green Line on Saturday.

The Cherrywood extension almost doubles the initial length of the Luas Green line from St Stephen's Green to Sandyford.

It will have 12 stops between Sandyford and Brides Glen, about 1km beyond Cherrywood.

The Luas Cherrywood Line went through five key stages to bring it into passenger service, including implementing new crossings.

The extension is designed to light rail standards but, as with the Sandyford to St Stephen's Green line, allowance is made for upgrade to Metro.

The RPA says the line will carry an extra 2m passengers a year with an overall journey time from Cherrywood to St Stephen's Green of about 40 minutes.

mlavery@herald.ie

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