New park and ride a boost for Luas users
COMMUTERS have been given a boost with news that a massive south Dublin park and ride scheme has been approved.
Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown Co Council has given the go-ahead to the facility at Priorsland in Carrickmines. It will include a car park with 350 spaces, allowing workers to leave their vehicles before taking the new Luas Cherrywood service to Dublin city centre.
The plans also include a 'kiss and ride' spot -- a temporary parking place for dropping off and picking up passengers.
The Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) was granted temporary six-year permission. The park-and-ride will also include a bus stop.
Permission was also granted for pedestrian access to the Carrickmines Luas stop, CCTV, cameras, bicycle stands, ticket-vending machines and public lighting.
The Cherrywood line, officially called the Luas Line B1, involves a 7.5km extension to the Luas Green Line from Sandyford to Cherrywood.
The extension is due to open to passengers this month following successful testing of the line during the summer.
Although planned housing and commercial development along the route has not materialised, the rail body insists the extension will be a success. The public private partnership project cost a total of €300m.
One station at Brennanstown will be a ghost stop as none of the planned development has taken place. RPA chief executive Frank Allen said the line would provide transport infrastructure for the future and help communities to be less car-dependent.
Residents in Cherrywood apartments in the local business park said the line was needed. The RPA said the line would carry an extra 2m passengers a year.
There are 11 stops along the extension at Central Park, Glencairn, The Gallops, Leopards-town Valley, Ballyogan Wood, Leopardstown Racecourse, Carrickmines, Brennanstown, Laughanstown, Cherrywood and Bride's Glen.