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Old September 4th, 2015, 12:09 AM   #221
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3rd of September 2015:


Luas works on O'Connell St 3 September 2015


College St 3 September 2015


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Old September 4th, 2015, 03:44 PM   #222
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Alstom overhauls Dublin LRVs
Friday, September 04, 2015



ALSTOM has completed the overhaul of 26 Citadis LRVs operated on Dublin's Luas Green Line after all of the vehicles had completed 300,000km of operations on the network

The work involved changing wheels, and overhauling the driver's cab air-conditioning systems, master controllers, heat and ventilation units and articulations. In addition, Alstom modified the pantograph connectors and upgraded the static converter to improve functions on the vehicle

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Old September 10th, 2015, 10:36 PM   #223
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Seems both Metro North and Dart Underground are still on the backburner and a Luas extension is the preferred option to the Airport. I wonder have the people who make such decisions ever used public transport in their life??? yet

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Old September 11th, 2015, 12:35 AM   #224
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To be fair, nothing has been decided publicly yet. Metro North is probably gone for good and will be replaced with a Luas (Tram) to the airport and on to Swords. This may be a pre-metro as in Belgium with significant amount of segregation that is not the case with the Luas at present. Much of the route from Glasnevin to the Airport will be segregated from road traffic. Significant amount of tunnelling will also be done allowing full conversion to Metro in the future.

DART Underground is under threat due to the Government's perception that the transport plan is Dublin Centric. Maybe that is so but a significant portion live in Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare, Meath and Louth, all areas that will benefit from DART Underground.
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Old September 11th, 2015, 04:05 PM   #225
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Well, let's wait until the end of September, when Parliament decides on whether or not DART Underground will be built. I personally want this project to be built, but depending on economy it would not very easy task
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Old September 13th, 2015, 11:34 PM   #226
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Luas to the airport is rubbish. I'm not sure its possible to come up with a worse idea. The lack of vision is truely appalling
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Old September 14th, 2015, 07:29 PM   #227
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Luas to the airport is rubbish. I'm not sure its possible to come up with a worse idea. The lack of vision is truely appalling
I completely agree. I really don't understand this lack of investment in public transport now that the Ireland economic situation is better.
Dublin desperately needs metro and urban underground crossing city railways lines!
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Old September 22nd, 2015, 05:02 PM   #228
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Here we go. This is what happens when politicians who get driven everywhere are put in charge of public transport.

http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/fr...side-1.2360466

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Proposals to integrate Dublin’s disparate rail services have been kicking around for a century or more. But the latest plan – branded “Dart Underground” – has been scrapped by the Government in favour of extending the Luas Cross City line to Dublin Airport.
One wonders what planet Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe inhabits or whether any of his Cabinet colleagues have a clue what Dart Underground was about, apart from casually glancing at the €2 billion price tag before concluding that we can’t afford it.
For a start, this had nothing to do with serving Dublin Airport. That was to be done with Metro North, an even more expensive scheme that would have involved putting a Luas line underground for much of its length between St Stephen’s Green, the airport and Swords.
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Iarnród Éireann says it is losing more than €1 million per month and is not in a financial position to agree to past productivity pay claims.Rail services face disruption in row over productivity pay
A Dart train at Raheny Station in Dublin. File Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish TimesGovernment abandons Dart Underground project
Luas in Dublin city centre: cars are necessary but too many are bad. Towns designed for cars rather than people don’t work. It is essential we strike the right balance. Photograph: David Sleator Cars: good or bad? It’s not that simple in Dublin city centre
Conceived during the boom years, Metro North ran up bills amounting to €180 million – including the installation of a station box on the Mater hospital site at a cost of €20 million – before it was “deferred” (along with Dart Underground) in 2011 due to funding difficulties. It was stressed at the time that both projects were being “deferred, not cancelled”. A statement from the Department of Transport said they “remain key elements of the overall integrated transport strategy and will be progressed when fiscal and market conditions improve”.
That’s not what’s happening now, however. An extension to the €350 million Luas Cross City line (now under construction) from Broombridge in Cabra, tunnelling underneath Glasnevin Cemetery, is now being put forward as an alternative to the daft, disruptive Metro North scheme.
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Serving a major airport that caters for 22 million passengers per year with a light rail line remotely located from the terminal buildings is equally daft. Luas trams are simply not capable of handling large numbers of airport passengers trailing multiple wheelie-bags.
There is no alternative being offered for Dart Underground, because there isn’t one. Running from Inchicore to Spencer Dock, via Christchurch, St Stephen’s Green and Pearse Station, it is the “missing link” in terms of integrating all Dublin suburban rail services.
Commuters on the Northern Line serving Drogheda and Dundalk would be able to travel to Kildare or Maynooth, and vice versa. Similarly, Dart commuters could switch to one of the other lines by going down an escalator in Pearse Station, at Westland Row.
It is, in effect, the Dublin equivalent of London’s £14 billion (€19.2 billion) Crossrail project, which involves boring 42km of tunnels to provide a new high-frequency east-west rail route beneath the city centre, relieving pressure on the overcrowded London Underground.
Not for nothing has Iarnród Éireann described Dart Underground as “the crucial final link that will release the full potential of an expanded and improved rail network into and out of Dublin”, transforming public transport by enabling many more trains to be run in every direction.
Dart Underground, approved by An Bord Pleanála in April 2014, would require two tunnel boring machines to excavate twin-tube tunnels 25 metres below street level over a distance of 7.5km between Inchicore and Spencer Dock, with four intermediate stations on the route.
Iarnród Éireann received “expressions of interest” in a public-private partnership project for the rail interconnector (as Dart Underground had previously been called) from international consortiums back in 2010, but had to put these on ice pending a final Government decision.
The view in 2011 was that “in the context of reduced resources, larger public transport projects proposed such as Metro North and Dart Underground, which were to be advanced as PPP projects but which require very significant Government contributions, cannot proceed at this time.
“Given current financial market conditions and taking account of Ireland’s general economic circumstances, it is unlikely that private investors would be willing to commit the level of funding necessary for these major infrastructural projects for some time.”
Four years later, this is no longer the case. As major projects such as the Poolbeg incinerator have shown, prospective PPP partners no longer have any difficulty in raising funds for Irish ventures; the previous bar has been lifted by our radically different economic outlook.
Capital projects
The public finances have improved to such an extent that the Government believes it has up to €1.5 billion available to fund tax cuts and improved public services in the forthcoming Budget. The Cabinet’s inner core is scheduled to decide tomorrow on major capital projects.
One wonders what criteria (if any) the Economic Management Council – Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public expenditure Brendan Howlin – will use in deciding which projects will proceed and which will not.
Certainly, there was a notable absence of rigorous analysis when approval was given for a new motorway between Gort and Tuam, in Co Galway, at a capital cost of €550 million – even though this grossly overblown road will only reach a quarter of its design capacity in 2030.
Why is it that there’s unlimited funding available for ghost motorways and nothing at all for projects that make sound sense in economic, social and transportation terms?
Dart Underground fits into this latter category and deserves a better hearing than it’s got from Ministers so far.
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Old September 22nd, 2015, 08:53 PM   #229
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What a shame - I loved DART Underground project more
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Old September 23rd, 2015, 05:27 PM   #230
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Although... From Global Rail News:

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Redesign of DART Underground ordered
23 SEP, 2015



Dublin’s €3 billion DART Underground project is to be redesigned in a bid to cut costs, said Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe.

The Irish Government has adopted recommendations from the National Transport Authority (NTA) which was asked to review the DART Underground project.

NTA advocated a redesign of the project to identify a “lower cost technical solution”. It also said design and planning works needed to be advanced to allow construction work to start around 2020

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Old September 24th, 2015, 12:26 AM   #231
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They have alredy spent €150 million on Metro North and canned it, a redesign is only a stalling tactic, the current government are not capable of ever building anything as useful as the DU, the money will be spent on motorways and bypasses in their sparsley populated constituncies.
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Old September 30th, 2015, 04:14 PM   #232
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Dublin Metro North revived in Irish capital plan
Wednesday, September 30, 2015



IRELAND's minister for transport tourism and sport Mr Paschal Donohoe announced on September 28 that the government has revived plans for a metro line between Dublin City Centre, Dublin Airport, and Swords as part of its €27bn capital plan for 2016-2021, although it will be more than a decade before the project is completed

Plans for Metro North, together with the Dart Underground city centre commuter rail link, were shelved in November 2011 as the government sought to reign in public spending in the wake of a €100bn bailout by the International Monetary Fund

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Old September 30th, 2015, 05:27 PM   #233
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I commute daily from Rathcoole to city centre and must say that each month it's getting worse and worse.

Red Luas is slow and fully packed in peak hours. It gets even worse at Heuston station.

Dart underground, from west to city centre is needed for now!!!!
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Old October 20th, 2015, 12:33 AM   #234
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First piece of track placed into position. It is only a small piece to facilitate the reopening of Fleet St.


Track on Westmoreland St 17 October 2015


Track bed on Westmoreland St 17 October 2015

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Old November 1st, 2015, 11:53 PM   #235
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Track laying is well underway on O'Connell St.


Track laying on O'Connell St 31 October 2015


05C16056 O'Connell St 31 October 2015
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Old November 7th, 2015, 09:54 PM   #236
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Luas Cross City track laying:

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Old November 17th, 2015, 01:22 AM   #237
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Marlborough St Luas works 14 November 2015


College St Luas works 14 November 2015


Luas works on College St 14 November 2015

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Old November 19th, 2015, 12:05 AM   #238
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Tram is returning on the same street after almost 70 years.
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Old November 20th, 2015, 10:44 PM   #239
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Dublin orders nine-section trams
25 Nov 2015



IRELAND: Transport Infrastructure Ireland placed a €36·5m order for seven Alstom Citadis trams on November 25.

To be built at Alstom’s La Rochelle factory, the trams are to be delivered in time for the opening of the Luas Cross City extension of the Green Line at the end of 2017. The €368m project will extend the route by 5·9 km from St Stephen’s Green to Cabra, adding 13 stops

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