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Sunday 22 July 2018

'It was dangerous' - fans' anger at packed trams after Buble concert

Michael Buble on stage at Croke Park
Michael Buble on stage at Croke Park

Michael Buble fans were left fuming after his first concert in Ireland for five years.

However, it was not the Canadian singer's choice of songs for his long-awaited comeback gig that irked them.

Nor the facilities at Croke Park, where Buble was supported by Long Live The Angels singer Emeli Sande.

It was the overcrowding on the trams that ferried the concert-goers home after the show.

Fine Gael senator Neale Richmond said he had received many complaints from fans.

"They are saying, 'Why was there no extra trams laid on?'," he said

Mr Richmond said the trams were so tightly packed that people could not see out of the window.

"It was dangerous. People could not even see out the window to see which stop they were at," he said.

"The Luas can get very busy at times.

"We've had huge issues with overcrowding in the mornings, but you'd think that late on a Saturday evening it should be fine. But no, concert-goers have told me it was very busy."

Mr Richmond, whose constituency is Dublin Rathdown, said one commuter felt so claustrophobic that she got off before she reached her destination.

Faint

Mr Richmond said the fact that the trams ran only every 20 minutes did nothing to ease the overcrowding.

"At peak times it's every three minutes. You wouldn't expect that at night, but they could have put on an extra two or three trams. There was serious health and safety concerns about the crowding on the tram for sure," he said.

"When you're getting on the Luas, you don't expect to get off because you think you're going to faint."

Mr Richmond said he did not receive complaints about overcrowding after the Taylor Swift concerts at Croke Park.

"I've asked Luas can they lay out what their protocol is for major events," he added.

About 70,000 people attended Buble's concert.

The Herald did not receive a comment from Luas operator Transdev at the time of going to print.

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