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Friday 17 November 2017

City set for longer Luas trams in bid to beat congestion

Some trams will be extended from 43 to 55 metres long
Some trams will be extended from 43 to 55 metres long

Longer Luas trams are on the way in a bid to ease congestion in the capital, the Herald has learned.

Transport Minister Shane Ross will today seek Cabinet approval for the purchase of extended carriages on the Green Line.

The move comes ahead of the official launch of the Luas Cross City project, which links the Green and Red lines, on December 9.

Sources said the plan is to spend nearly €100m enhancing capacity between 2018 and 2022.

The Green Line, which goes from Brides Glen through Sandyford to St Stephen's Green, is 16.5km in length and has 22 Stops.

Altogether, the two lines carried 34.2 million passengers last year - but that figure is expected to rise once the two lines are linked up.

Memo

Mr Ross will provide a memo to Cabinet outlining plans to extend 26 existing trams from 43 metres in length to 55 metres.

Eight new trams will also be purchased.

As a result, a number of platforms on the route will have to be extended to facilitate the longer trams.

And a larger storage facility will be developed in Sandymount, where the trams are parked when not in use.

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