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2003
Impact of the Luas Line on traffic at Red Cow Roundabout
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14 October 2003

To ask the Minister for Transport the proposals he is considering to address serious concerns regarding the impact of the LUAS line on traffic at the Red Cow Roundabout; if he is considering proposals to put the LUAS line on stilts at the roundabout; the estimated cost of such a plan; if such a proposal would require an environmental impact study and a new railway order involving a public inquiry; the estimated cost and timeframe of such a proposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

- Thomas P. Broughan. (Nominated by: Róisín Shortall).
For ORAL answer on Tuesday, 14th October, 2003.
Ref No:   23112/03     Lottery:   74     Proof:   135

To ask the Minister for Transport his plans for the LUAS intersection at the Red Cow roundabout; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

- Richard Bruton. (Nominated by: Denis Naughten).
For ORAL answer on Tuesday, 14th October, 2003.
Ref No:   23044/03     Lottery:   75     Proof:   136

To ask the Minister for Transport the progress to date in resolving potential road and rail chaos at the Red Cow Roundabout; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

- Bernard J. Durkan.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 14th October, 2003.
Ref No:   23413/03     Proof:   493

Answered by Minister for Transport
(Séamus Brennan)

REPLY

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My Department has been assured by the Dublin Transportation Office (DTO) and the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) that under the current scheme, Luas which has its own overbridge and will travel on its own dedicated track, will have no negative implications for traffic on the Red Cow roundabout.

However, given the concerns that have been expressed at the potential for traffic congestion at the Red Cow Roundabout, my Department commissioned a technical report to analyse the feasibility of providing a separation between the Luas and local road infrastructure.

The RPA have recently communicated to the Department their views on the proposals put forward in the report and have estimated that a realistic cost of constructing a grade separated solution and the consequential costs arising from interruption of services is at least €50 million, with a minimum time scale of 2½ years.

The NRA has today announced proposals that can achieve major improvements in the key traffic movements on the M50, including at the N7 Red Cow roundabout. The proposals will involve total expenditure of €300m. Subject to approval of the necessary EIS and motorway scheme by an Bord Pleanala, it should be possible for the NRA to start construction of phase 1 of the M50 project in March 2005; this would mean upgrading the N7 roundabout and the N4 interchange at Palmerstown as well as construction of a third lane in the centre median for each carriageway between the two interchanges.