Luas to Grangegorman – A Step Closer
The plans for the Luas Line to Grangegorman and Liffey Junction received a major boost in recent weeks.
The Minister for Transport has written to CIE and the Railway Procurement Agency to confirm that he will be proceeding with the Transport 21 Plan: Luas to Broadstone and Liffey Junction. The RPA now plan to combine Luas Line BX (from Stephen’s Green to Parnell Square and Line D (Parnell Square to Liffey Junction) into one project. They plan to hold a public consultation on Line D during the Summer of 2008. It is planned that the preferred route will be published in the autumn of 2008. It is envisaged that the Luas Railway Order will be published by the Autumn/Winter 2009.
It is envisaged that the RPA intend to apply for a Railway Order for Metro North in the autumn of 2008. Some preparatory work will take place in 2009 with the main works starting in 2010. The project is due to be completed by 2014.
The Minister for Transport recently announced that he would support tunnelling taking place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have requested the Minister to clarify his position and to guarantee that tunnelling will not take place in residential areas 24/7
As you are aware the RPA announced that they plan to have only one entrance to the Mater Station on the North Circular Road. The entrance at Eccles Street which was originally proposed now has been discarded. The RPA say that they cannot plan for an entrance on Eccles Street as the footprint of the National Paediatric Hospital has not yet been determined. We are continuing to campaign with local residents for a second entrance at Eccles Street. The Mater Project Team, Mater Campus Hospital Development, have written to the RPA requesting them to reverse their decision and ensure an entrance at Eccles Street.