Tuesday 25 October 2016

Ongoing Luas row is delaying new security measures for passengers

Safety issues on Luas tram have not been addressed
Safety issues on Luas tram have not been addressed

Security measures to protect thousands of passengers on the Luas have been delayed because of ongoing industrial relations issues, the Herald can reveal.

As Luas workers hold a strike today, disrupting the travel plans of up to 90,000 customers, new security initiatives to protect the safety of passengers have been delayed.

Documents obtained by the Herald reveal the current industrial relations dispute has had a severe impact on the introduction of new measures to protect the safety of passengers.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) - the body that ensures Luas operator Transdev fulfils its obligation in relation to the management of security - recently quizzed the operator.

Documents show the TII asked Transdev to give a presentation on its progress in implementing "various security initiatives" that it had committed to in its bid for the operating contract.

"Progress in implementing these initiatives has been delayed by current industrial relations issues," a TII information note on security reveals.

"Transdev reported that significant progress has been made on implementing some of these initiatives," it added.

Transdev would not comment on the issue

"Transdev is solely focused on the Luas IR dispute and reaching a lasting resolution for the customer, staff and company," a spokeswoman told the Herald.

"We are not commenting at this time on the dispute as talks are ongoing, and nor will we be commenting on other aspects of the Luas service at this time."

The National Transport Authority also refused to comment, adding they "are satisfied that TII are managing the contract on our behalf".

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