*To ask the Minister for Transport if he will report on the historic opening of the Tallaght Luas line; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Charlie O'Connor.
For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 29th September, 2004.
Ref No: 22295/04
Answered by the Minister for Transport
Luas Red Line (Tallaght to Connolly Station) was officially opened by the Taoiseach on Tuesday 28 September 2004. There will be six free travel days, with paid passenger services commencing on Monday 4th of October.
The Red Line is 15 kilometres in length, 5 kilometres of which are on-street, with 23 stops and 34 road crossings along its alignment. The scheduled journey time from Tallaght to Connolly Station is 43 minutes and it is hoped to achieve this journey time in the coming weeks as road traffic becomes more familiar with the presence of Luas on the various intersections where Luas and road traffic share road space.
After an initial running-in period, trams will operate at 5-minute intervals at peak times with 12 trams in each direction each hour. Expected daily patronage is approximately 40,000.
The Red Line will enhance the integration of transport services in the Dublin area, as it links Heuston Station to Connolly Station and Bus Aras, in addition to providing a vital rail link to the rapidly expanding Tallaght area.