Luas trips surge by 2m in a year
PASSENGER numbers on the Luas continue to grow -- rising by 8pc within the year.
A massive 2.1m extra trips were taken on the two Dublin city centre rail lines.
The Red Line Luas continues to record strong figures as overall passengers rose from 25.4m in 2009 to 27.5m in 2010.
The positive boost in numbers had a knock-on effect on the pre-tax operating surplus on infrastructure activities at the Railway Procurement Agency, which was listed at €1.1m.
New lines at the Docklands in December 2009 and Cherrywood in October last year will be followed by the opening of Citywest on Saturday.
Acting agency chairman Tom Wall said that more commuters were also now using the Luas to attend events in Croke Park, the Aviva, Grand Canal Theatre and The O2.
"It will be a challenge to continue to achieve the optimum balance between frequency of service and financial return during difficult economic circumstances, but we are working with our partners and with the businesses near our lines to achieve the best possible result for the taxpayers and the travelling public," he said.