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Old March 7th, 2014, 06:33 AM   #161
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Dublin's previous network, see that network was also extended towards some vlonger routes outside the city, like today's network.



Downtown lines are so dense!! Foolishly all has closed now.
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Published on 8th April:

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Dublin transport plan to fund rail investment
Monday, April 07, 2014

REOPENING of Dublin's Phoenix Park tunnel for passenger services and the construction of a cross-city light rail line have been included in the Irish National Transport Authority's Integrated Implementation Plan for greater Dublin, which was launched on April 3

The plan, which was launched by minister for transport, tourism and sport Mr Leo Varadkar and Mr Alan Kelly, minister for public and commuter transport, provides a framework for investment of €884m in the region over the next four years, including €285.5m for light rail and €136.8m for heavy rail projects.

Preliminary construction is already underway on the 5.6km Luas Cross City Line, which will run north from the existing Green Line terminus at St Stephen's Green, crossing the Red Line at the junction of O'Connell Street Upper and Abbey Street and serving the new Dublin Institute of Technology campus at Grangegorman before terminating at an interchange with Irish Rail's Broombridge station. Commercial services will begin running on the 13-station line at the end of 2017.

The NTA says investment is also required in the Luas LRV fleet to increase capacity, with lengthening of existing vehicles and the acquisition of new vehicles included in the plan. According to the report, there are already peak capacity issues on the city centre sections of both the Red and Green lines, which will need to be addressed by 2018.

The reopening of the freight-only Phoenix Park tunnel to passenger traffic will enable services from the Kildare line which currently terminate at Heuston station to be extended to Connolly, which is closer to the commercial core of the city and the highest-density employment areas.

The plan includes the completion of the city centre resignalling project, which will increase capacity through Connolly and therefore supports the reopening of the Phoenix Park line by providing up to eight additional train paths per hour, enabling through running from the Kildare line to Grand Canal Dock. The completion of this project will allow commuter services to begin using the Phoenix Park tunnel link in late 2015 or early 2016.

In addition, the NTA proposes the elimination of seven level crossings, which are a major cause of delays on the Maynooth line. Ticket barriers will also be installed at all remaining stations in the Dublin region.

The plan proposes continued development of proposals for the extension of Dart commuter services north of Malahide and west to Maynooth, as well as protecting or progressing the Dart Underground Link. This project was cancelled by the Irish government in 2011 but could be revived under the next national capital plan.
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From Flickr user turgidson, the pictures of new Rosie Hackett bridge:

Rosie Hackett Bridge 13th April 2014 #2 by turgidson, on Flickr

Rosie Hackett Bridge 13th April 2014 #4 by turgidson, on Flickr

Rosie Hackett Bridge 13th April 2014 #3 by turgidson, on Flickr

Rosie Hackett Bridge 13th April 2014 #1 by turgidson, on Flickr
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Irish Rail puts €2bn DART plan back on track



JOYCE FEGAN – PUBLISHED 01 MAY 2014 02:30 AM

THE underground DART is back on track as Irish Rail gets set to proceed with the €2bn project.

Irish Rail has begun issuing letters to 5,000 home and business owners in Dublin city centre about acquiring land under compulsory purchase orders for the project.

A recent High Court decision has given the green light for the plan, which had been shelved along with the Metro North line in 2011.

The affected homes and businesses are positioned above the proposed underground works from Inchicore to the Docklands.

Irish Rail said that the 7.6km underground DART line will run from Docklands to Inchicore, trebling the rail service from a capacity for 33 million passengers a year to 100 million annually.

A spokesman from Irish Rail said: "DART Underground will be the single most important piece of infrastructure in the State" and the "benefits will be inarguable".

Last night, the Department of Transport said that DART Underground is being assessed to see if there will be enough money to fund it in next year's Budget.

"Dart Underground will be reviewed in advance of the next capital plan in 2015, but remains a key integration project," stated the spokesman.

But he also said that the "delivery of this project remains subject to sufficient Exchequer finances being available".

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Thousands of property and business owners around the St Stephen's Green area of Dublin received letters about land that CIE can acquire as part of the plan last week.

An Bord Pleanala made what is known as a Railway Order – the equivalent of a planning application – in November 2011.

This order was then reviewed by the High Court, with a decision granting the planning several weeks ago.

The Railway Order gives CIE express permission to construct, operate and maintain the DART Underground.

CIE will permanently acquire the north-west corner of St Stephen's Green and proposes to acquire a significant amount of below ground level and along King Street South, St Stephen's Green North and down as far as George's Street as part of phase one of the project.

In total, 5,000 property and business owners will be impacted by the plans.

The project has already cost the taxpayer €44m in consultants, design and staff costs but Irish Rail estimates that the entire cost will be put at €2bn.

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Excellent news!
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Taken from other forumers during April, it seems that constructors began prepatory works for Luas extension on the south bank of Liffey River:

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Some from this evening:


Rosie Hackett Bridge 24 April 2014


Grafton St 24 April 2014


Westmoreland St 24 April 2014
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Two pictures taken tonight:


Historic paving on Grafton St 1 May 2014


Rosie Hackett Bridge 1 May 2014
Sorry, this is a poor picture taken from a number 13 bus!
Note the tall light in each corner and the under bridge lighting.
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Comleted Rosie Hacket bridge, taken from Irish subforum:

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Old May 17th, 2014, 12:01 PM   #168
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At last we could seen tram will serve again Graftorn street and Trinity College. Here the work is going for returning tram here.



These two pictures are showing former tram service on the same place, that great networked was closed in 1944..





BETTER LATE THAN NEVER DUBLIN...at last connection between red & green line is coming soon...
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Well Dubliners, congratulations for new bridge opening. Taken from Irish subforum. It's open for everyone - buses, cars, pedestrians, cyclists:

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some pictures from a wet Dublin this evening:


Rosie Hackett Bridge looking north 22 May 2014


Rosie Hackett Bridge Luas Track 22 May 2014


Rosie Hackett Bridge Name Plate 22 May 2014
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Plus some works on new Luas extension:

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Aside from Rosie Hackett, some other views this evening:


Hawkins St utility works 22 May 2014


Hawkins St utility works and Screen Cinema 22 May 2014


Screen Cinema and temporary access 22 May 2014


College Green Heritage works 22 May 2014
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From Irish Times:

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No plans to revive Metro North project, says Varadkar
Fri, Jun 6, 2014, 19:34


Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said recent media reports heralding the return of Metro North were wide of the mark and that the project, designed to link Dublin Airport to the city centre using underground rail lines, is not a priority, photo by Sportsfile

Media reports heralding return of Metro North wide of mark, says Minister for Transport

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has ruled out any plans to revive the Metro North project, while indicating the proposed Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) remains a more likely alternative.

Speaking at the Fingal County Council agm, Mr Varadkar said recent media reports heralding the return of the Metro North were wide of the mark and that the project, designed to link Dublin Airport to the city centre using underground rail lines, is not a priority.

“Those media reports were incorrect. The situation is as it was - the project, along with Dart Underground and Metro West, is suspended,” he said.

“At the moment we don’t have enough money to maintain the existing infrastructure that we have, so my first priority is to maintain existing roads and railways which are now degrading, rather than spending money on expensive, multi-billion euro investments,” he added.

Said to cost anywhere between €2 and €3 billion, the Government had ruled the venture too costly to pursue in full in 2011, despite reportedly spending €165 million on preparatory work.

Although far from a certainty, the Minister believes the rollout of the BRT, which proposes to link the airport to the city centre in a 35-minute journey, will be prioritised above its expensive predecessor.

“It’s only after I have enough money to protect the infrastructure that I have that we can start considering major new projects, but at the lower end of the scale you have ones that are relatively inexpensive like BRT and certain town bypasses around the country,” the Minister said.
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So in short, everything but the central LUAS extension which is already under construction is dead (for the time being) and gets replaced by some more or less serious BRT concept?

Well, at least the LUAS network is really being turned into an actual network instead of separate unconnected lines.
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Some recent news regarding public transport in Dublin:
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Most in favour of proposed Dublin transport system

Thursday 26 June 2014 17.00


Swiftway system would involve larger 'bendy buses' (Pic: National Transport Authority)

Submissions on the proposed Bus Rapid Transit network for Dublin were 67% "generally in favour" of the plans according to the National Transport Authority.

But the public consultation found strong opposition from Swords residents who feared negative impact on local housing estates.

Overall nearly 12% of submissions were totally opposed to the system known as Swiftway, with just under 22% undecided.

The Swiftway system would involve larger "bendy buses" operating like a LUAS with prepaying passengers, fewer stops and priority in traffic.

Three routes - from Swords and the Airport to the city centre, UCD to Blanchardstown and Tallaght to Clongriffin - would cost a total of €650 million, around one third the cost of light rail.

Overall the biggest concern raised was negative impact on residential amenities with Swords residents objecting to the route going through a green area at Pinegrove.

There were also safety concerns about children going to school in that area and elsewhere about pedestrian safety in general.

The next biggest issue raised was the routes selected with submissions stating that streets like Stoneybatter and South Great Georges St were too congested to take the new service.

It was also claimed that having a Swiftway interchange at Christchurch Place/Winetavern St junction would turn Christchurch Cathedral into a traffic island.

There were also concerns about increased parking in suburban estates along the routes and that Swiftway would delay or cause the abandonment of Metro North.

The National Transport Authority said the feedback will be considered during further planning and design work and there will be individual public consultation on each of the three schemes.

The authority plans to apply to An Bord Pleanála for approval for the Swords to City Centre Scheme early next year.

Story from RTÉ News:
http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0626/626...way-transport/
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New rail projects for Dublin to open by 2017

Tim O'Brien

Last Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014, 09:42



Dubliners will take trains through the Phoenix Park tunnel from early 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Irish people and visitors to Dublin will be able to take trains through the Phoenix Park tunnel from early 2016, travel on the new Luas cross-city line from October 2017, and possibly cycle on improved Liffeyside paths soon after.

The timeline emerged as the National Transport Authority briefed politicians on the impact of the new Luas line on the city’s commercial life and the future of its public transport.

Authority chief executive Gerry Murphy told the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications that “the most important factor” in the long-term planning of transport for Dublin would be the availability of State funding beyond 2020 and the feasibility of public-private partnerships.

He said just €16 million would be needed for trains from Co Kildare, which terminate at Heuston station, to run through the Phoenix Park tunnel to Drumcondra, Connolly, Pearse and Grand Canal Dock.

Phoenix Park tunnel

Mr Murphy said the tunnel offered the possibility of electrified services between Hazelhatch and Balbriggan in an expanded Dart network, which would also include services between Greystones and Maynooth.

Mr Murphy said the major Luas construction contract, for the route from St Stephen’s Green via Grangegorman to Cabra, was due to be awarded in December.

He said plans to reduce general traffic on the city quays to one lane while upgrading cycle facilities would not go ahead until the Luas was in place.

Post-2020, he said, funding was the key issue but a number of projects were being reassessed to bring the costs up to date. These included a Dart underground and a possible heavy rail link from Howth Junction to the airport, as well as Metro North.

In Cork city, investment over the coming years would focus on the city centre and some key bus and cycling corridors. In Galway, walking and cycling improvements were planned along with further development of bus prioritisation, Mr Murphy added.

Limerick city had been designated a Smarter Travel Demonstration Area and was receiving substantial funding for sustainable travel projects. In Waterford, there would be improvements to key bus corridors to the city centre, WIT and its surrounding employment area, and the hospital, he said.

© 2014 irishtimes.com
Some more information on the above from the NTA:
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Presentation by National Transport Authority to Oireachtas Committee on Transport

25/06/14
The National Transport Authority are making a presentation to the Oireachtas Committee on Transport this morning, the two particular areas of our activity upon which the Committee wishes to focus are the construction of Luas Cross City and plans for transport infrastructure.

Read the full Introductory Statement from Gerry Murphy Chief Executive National Transport Authority to Oireachtas Transport Committee 25th June 2014 here.
Some of the "highlights" of the presentation (there's nothing new in it):
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On the bus side we will:
  • continue to invest in the bus fleet that is providing subsidised services to achieve an average age of the bus fleet on publicly subsidised routes at less than 7 years. This investment envelope also covers Bus Éireann coach fleet and its regional cities’ fleet
  • further develop the Quality Bus Corridor network and increase prioritisation for buses at traffic signals
  • develop a coach parking facility close to Dublin City Centre for commuter and tour buses / coaches to park when not in use
  • improve bus stops, with new style bus poles and enhanced information panels
  • progress the design and planning of three Bus Rapid Transit projects:
    • Swords/Airport to City Centre
    • Blanchardstown to N11 (UCD) and
    • Clongriffin to Tallaght
    and commence priority improvement works on the Swords BRT route.

Regarding light Rail, we will complete the construction of Luas Cross City.

The key new project for Heavy Rail will be the opening up of the Phoenix Park Tunnel to commuter train services from the Kildare rail line (currently terminating at Heuston Station). These services will run through to Drumcondra, Connolly, Tara, Pearse and Grand Canal stations. Investment in city centre re-signalling will create the extra train paths needed through Connolly station to facilitate the tunnel services.
And some mentions of the bigger projects:
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All the above are the immediate plans that can be progressed within the constraints of the current national capital investment plan. We are of course planning for a longer term programme. To underpin our analytical work for a new 20 year plan we are carrying out two major studies this year. Firstly we are studying all the options for serving the fast growing Fingal local authority area and its main town of Swords. Fingal had a population growth of 14% between the census of 2006 and 2011 compared to the figure of 8% for the State. Without appropriate public transport capacity it will be severely constrained in terms of both residential and economic expansion. We have just commissioned a major engineering review of bus, light rail and heavy rail options for serving that area.

Separately we are carrying out a detailed business case for the DART Underground project, a high capacity tunnel link that would inter-connect the coastal rail line with the Kildare rail line, facilitating a DART network from Balbriggan to Hazelhatch and from Maynooth to Greystones, with interchange and new stops in the city centre.

The most important factor in the long-term planning of transport infrastructure for the Dublin region will be the availability of State funds in the period beyond 2020 and also the feasibility of the Public Private Partnership model to draw in debt and equity funding from private parties. These matters will become clearer in the coming years. We know from demographic and economic projections that additional rail capacity will be needed in the future; finding the solutions that are fundable will be the focus of our work in the coming year.
And one last story:
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Weekend Luas works to hit O’Connell Street

By Cormac Murphy
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26/06/2014|08:10

Traffic on O'Connell Street will be restricted this weekend to allow for works relating to the new Luas cross city line.

The north and southbound carriageways will be reduced to a single lane at certain points.

Restrictions will begin at 8pm on Saturday and continue until 5am on Monday.

The Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) is also devising a traffic plan for next month when further disruption can be expected.

Eircom is installing a large chamber structure on the corner of Abbey Street and O'Connell Street as part of the utility works and diversions will be in place.

This weekend, the northbound carriageway either side of the Abbey Street junction and another section close to Parnell Street will be reduced to one lane.

A stretch of road on the southbound side in front of the Gresham Hotel will also be cut to one lane, and the turn-off from O'Connell Street into Cathal Brugha Street will be closed.

Meanwhile, a planning application seeking approval to build a Luas cross-city stop in Dawson Street is to be lodged within days.

The railway order application will be submitted to An Bord Pleanala at the end of this month, said Gerry Murphy, chief executive of the National Transport Authority (NTA).

A stop in Dawson Street near the entrance to Royal Hibernian Way has already been refused, but the RPA wants one outside the Hodges Figgis bookshop.

In a presentation to the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Mr Murphy said the European Investment Bank has provided a €150m loan for the cross-city project, which will link the Red and Green tram lines and provide a service to Cabra.

He also said the NTA is "studying all options" for serving the "fast-growing Fingal local authority area and its main town of Swords".

He said: "We have just commissioned a major engineering review of bus, light rail and heavy rail options."

The NTA is also reviving the Dart Underground project.

Independent.ie
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The former tram of Dublin, closed in forties. Is it as a static display on the new bridge?
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The former tram of Dublin, closed in forties. Is it as a static display on the new bridge?
It was only there for a day or two during the new bridge's official opening, it'll be 2017 before trams regularly operate on it!
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From Irish Times:

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Skeletal remains found amid Luas works outside Trinity
16 July 2014


Archaeologists examine a works site on the Luas cross-city route outside Trinity College Dublin today after possibly medieval human remains were uncovered, photo by Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Digging halted as tests carried out to confirm whether bones are human in origin

Human skeletal remains have been found during digging works outside the front gates of Trinity College Dublin today.

Two gardaí and a number of workers were standing around the deep hole as diggers and trucks stopped work on the site on College Street, at top of College Green.

Gráinne Mackin, director of communications for the Luas cross-city project, said the remains were found about 1.5 metres down a trench at about noon today.

“Just by appearance the remains look to be historic - we could be talking medieval times,” she said, adding work had stopped in the area in front of Trinity to allow for archeological experts to finish unearthing them.

“It could take a number of days. The work has to be done carefully and sensitively,” she said.

Restrictions in College Green have been in place to facilitate the diversion of underground pipes ahead of the laying of tracks for the Luas cross-city works.

The tracks will link the existing Red and Green Luas lines through Dublin city centre
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Dublin rail projects to rely on private funding

Harry McGee

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 22:17


The proposed multibillion rail projects Dart Underground and Metro North will have to rely on private funding if they are to be built, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has been told.

The underground tunnel (formerly known as the interconnector) connecting the Docklands and Inchicore with underground stations in key locations and the €3 billion Metro North were mothballed when the Government decided on priority capital projects in 2011. Neither was completely abandoned and both are subject to feasibility reviews in light of economic conditions by the end of 2015.

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From Railway Gazette:

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Transdev signs new Luas operating contract
02 Sep 2014



IRELAND: The National Transport Authority and the Railway Procurement Agency signed a new contract for incumbent Transdev Dublin Light Rail Ltd to operate the capital’s tram system on September 1.

The five-year contract worth €150m starts on September 29, and includes responsibility for infrastructure and rolling stock maintenance through novated contracts.

The Department for Transport, Tourism & Sport said savings achieved from the ‘robust procurement competition’ and the ‘significant growth in passenger numbers over the last two years’ mean Luas is expected to return to an operating surplus in 2015

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From Irish Independent:

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Further extensions to Luas lines could replace stalled Metro North
18/09/2014, 02:30

Transport bosses are examining a further extension of the Luas light rail system as part of a range of cheaper options to the stalled €3bn Metro North project

Under proposals being studied by the National Transport Authority (NTA), the new Luas Cross City line could be extended across Dublin’s northside to Finglas, Ballymun and Swords.

One plan being looked at involves the construction of a 2km Luas tunnel, which would provide a high-capacity transport link for the northern suburbs of the capital. The proposals raise the prospect that Metro North could be abandoned for good, despite over €165m being spent on it already. The project has been stalled since 2011, due to a lack of available funds.

The Luas Cross City line being developed will run from St Stephen’s Green to Broombridge in Cabra.

Possible extensions being examined by the NTA are along the Finglas Road, the Ballymun Road or Drumcondra Road and a 2km tunnelled section between Cabra and Ballymun. A spokeswoman for the NTA said the options were being considered as part of “a thorough cogent study of all scenarios for that region in the future”.

The proposals will be contained in a report being prepared by the authority for the Government on options for north–south travel in Dublin city up to 2035. The report is due next spring

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