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2003
Opening of Luas Lines for Passenger Service
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21 May 2003

To ask the Minister for Transport when the first paying passengers will be carried on both the Sandyford and the Tallaght Luas lines.

- Trevor Sargent. (Nominated by: Eamon Ryan).
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 21st May, 2003.
Ref No:   13658/03     Lottery:   74     Proof:   82

To ask the Minister for Transport the time scale for the opening of the LUAS lines; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

- Fergus O'Dowd. (Nominated by: Denis Naughten).
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 21st May, 2003.
Ref No:   13721/03     Lottery:   40     Proof:   48

To ask the Minister for Transport when the LUAS lines will be opened up to commuters; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

- Olivia Mitchell. (Nominated by: Denis Naughten).
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 21st May, 2003.
Ref No:   13722/03     Lottery:   23     Proof:   31

To ask the Minister for Transport the time scale for the opening of the Tallaght LUAS line; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

- John Perry. (Nominated by: Denis Naughten).
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 21st May, 2003.
Ref No:   13723/03     Lottery:   56     Proof:   64

To ask the Minister for Transport the time scale for the opening of the Sandyford LUAS line; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

- Olivia Mitchell. (Nominated by: Denis Naughten).
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 21st May, 2003.
Ref No:   13724/03     Lottery:   43     Proof:   51

Answered by the Minister for Transport
(Séamus Brennan)

REPLY

I propose to take Questions ____,  ____, ____, ____, and  _____ together.

Responsibility for the day to day management of the Luas project rests with the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA). I understand from the RPA that the contractual completion dates of October 2003 for the Tallaght to Connolly Station line (Line A/C) and December 2003 for the Sandyford to St. Stephens Green line (Line B), will not be met and that the contractor involved has indicated that delays can be expected. The RPA has told me that, based on its projections, a more realistic timetable for completion would be

  • March 2004 for the Sandyford to St. Stephens Green

        line, and

  • May 2004 for the Tallaght to Connolly Station line.

The RPA is in negotiation with the contractor as regards the consequences of these delays.

A period of up to 3 months will be required following these dates for testing, commissioning and general safety checking before passenger services commence.  I have conveyed my concerns about the delays to the RPA and I have asked that all of the necessary steps are taken to ensure that services commence at the earliest possible date.