Tuesday 25 October 2016

Luas plans to have a late-night Christmas service for Red Line



PLANS are in progress to introduce a late-night Luas service on the Red Line for the Christmas period.

The lack of late-night trams to areas such as Rialto and Tallaght during the festive season caused outrage last year.

Some public representatives linked the lack of extra trams with discrimination against people living in those communities, forcing them to pay for taxis after nights out.


Luas rejected those claims at the time and said that there was evidence to suggest that the demand for a late service was not there.

"There is absolutely no bias on our behalf, but what there is, is substantial evidence that there is just not enough demand for the service on the red line," a spokeswoman said at the time.

Following a review, operators have opted to introduce the service this year in a bid to see what demand is like.

The proposal has yet to be approved by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, but a decision is expected shortly.

Plans for the late-night service were revealed in a letter to councillors who sit on the south central area committee of Dublin City Council.

The letter was in response to a motion passed by the committee calling on Luas to introduce the service.

"The area committee notes with concern that Luas has not operated a night Luas at Christmas time on the Red Line for several years while operating such a service on the green line," the motion read.


The letter went on to oppose the split in services and call for an equal service this year.

Independent councillor Paul Hand, who proposed the motion, welcomed the news.

"To have a situation where citizens on the Green Line were getting a superior service to those using the Red Line was wholly unfair," he said.

"Thankfully, the Luas operators have stated their commitment to fully restore the Christmas nightly service."

No schedules for the Christmas services on either the Red or Green Line are available yet.

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