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Monday 18 December 2017

Luas safety warning as road users dice with danger on the tracks

A scene from the garda safety video which highlights offences witnessed on Luas tracks
A scene from the garda safety video which highlights offences witnessed on Luas tracks

Pedestrians, motorists and cyclists have been warned about illegal conduct on Luas tracks, with the Cross City line set to launch this weekend.

In an effort to highlight the issue, gardai released a video showing a number of different offences where the tracks were crossed dangerously.

It asked viewers to point out how many offences they noticed from the film.

A number of people can be seen walking in front of a Luas, while one car driver dangerously cut across an oncoming tram.

The Cross City route, which is due to launch at 2pm on Saturday, will go from St Steph-en's Green to Broombridge in Cabra.

Among the guidelines issued by gardai were for cyclists to ride between lines in order to prevent bike wheels getting stuck.

Affordable

The anticipated launch has also had a major knock-on effect on house prices in areas of the capital the line will service.

An analysis of the Property Price Register has found that areas such as Stoneybatter, in Dublin 7, and Dominick Street, in the north inner city, have seen price increases of between 22pc and 25pc in the final quarter of the year.

The average asking price in Stoneybatter works out at around €374,000 compared with the average sold price of €300,000 in the first three quarters of the year.

Myhome.ie managing dir- ector Angela Keegan said the rise in prices in these areas was a result of the new Luas line, along with a shortage of affordable properties around the city centre.

"It's quite difficult to predict the effect the Luas will have on property prices in a given area," she said.

"Based on several reports which examined property prices near the Green and Red Lines when the Luas began operating, a 10pc increase in addition to the regular market movements would not seem unreasonable.

"That's what appears to be happening in parts of Dublin 1 and 7.

"The increase in Stoneybatter is in excess of that again, but other factors are probably at play there, such as its popularity, cafe culture and proximity to the existing Red Line and city centre.

"While asking prices in Phibsboro may be pausing for now and the increase in Cabra is on a par with what's happening elsewhere in Dublin, it's important to remember this is a snapshot in time.

"We don't see prices retreating from their current level, and indeed, once the Luas starts operating, prices may well acc- elerate further.

"Clearly the shortage of properties in the €250,000 to €350,000 price range in Dublin generally is another key factor."

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