Luas Broombridge is more than a link-upCabra, City Centre, Dublin City, Featured Updates, Finglas, News, Phibsborough Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
A railway order – planning permission for a railway line – has been lodged by the Railway Procurement Agency for a Luas tram line from Stephen’s Green to the Northside of Dublin City.
The planned line – named Luas Broombridge (Line BXD) – will extend the Green Line from Stephen’s Green to Broombridge, near South Finglas and new development at Royal Canal Park.
National media outlets have described the line as a “Luas link-up,” it will however also server large areas of the Northside of the city. And contrary to at least one report, the route of the line also seems unchanged since early last year when the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) announced its preferred route.
Northside areas with stops including Broombridge, Cabra, Phibsborough, Broadstone where a new DIT campus is expected, and the Dominick Street / Parnell Street area of the north inner city.
The application includes 4.7km of double track and 2.5km of single track. A total of 13 stations are planned including six stations on the single line sections of track and one possible future station at Grangegorman.
In the city centre, trams are planned to run on street, but starting from the north west of the innercity trams are expected to run in a trench and under roads on the disused Broombridge railway alignment.
The railway order also seeks pedestrian access and lifts from Irish Rail’s Broombridge Station to the proposed Luas stop beside it, and vehicle access from Broombridge Road to the stations, including a set down area for buses, taxis and car, as well as bicycle parking.
A light railway depot to service and store trams is planned in the area beside Broombridge Station and the Royal Canal.
The draft railway order can be inspected from June 30 to August 13 at the offices of An Bord Pleanala on Marlborough Street, at Dublin City Council offices on Wood Quay, and at the RPA offices on Parkgate Street. Submissions can be made, with a fee of €50 to An Bord Pleanala before 5.30pm on August 13.
The project was planned to be constructed along side Metro North but this was recently ruled out due to a too high level disruption in the city centre, although some construction for the two projects is still expected at the same time. The RPA have been instructed to continue planning projects, including Metro West and the Lucan Luas, although funds have not been earmarked for these.
LUAS BROOMBRIDGE ROUTE AND STATIONS
Starting at the current Green Line stop at Stephen’s Green the line is to head north via Dawson Street, where there will be a stop. The line will split after Trinity College – the northbound line is planned to go up O’Connell St while the Southbound will go down Marlborough St, which runs parallel to O’Connell St.
In this section of the city centre six one-way stops are included: ‘Parnell’ (southbound only) on the south of Parnell Square, O’Connell St Upper (northbound only), O’Connell St Lower (northbound only), ‘Marlborough’ (southbound only) on the street of the same name, ‘Westmoreland’ (northbound only) on the street of the same name, and ‘Trinity’ (southbound only) on College Green.
The Luas route will require a planned public transport bridge close to O’Connell Bridge to link Marborugh St to Hawkins St to be built.
The two lines will then join again at Parnell Square. From Parnell Square the line goes up Dominick Street to the disused train station at Broadstone – there is a stop planned at both of these locations, ‘Broadstone – DIT’ and ‘Dominick’.
At Broadstone the relocation of the Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann bus depots was expected to be needed, although it is unclear if this is part of the current plan. At least some destruction of the depot building is planned.
The Luas line will use the disused Broadstone railway alignment. This trench will take the line under the North Circular Road, the Cabra Road, and the Fassaugh Road / Connaught Street.
Land is to be retained at the north end of the Broadstone depot for a possible future stop, not to be build with the rest of the proposed project, called ‘Grangegorman.’ A stop called ‘Phibsborough’ is to be placed between the North Circular Road and the Cabra Road, while a stop called ‘Cabra’ is planned just north of the Fassaugh Road / Connaught Street.
The route will then meet Irish Rail’s Maynooth line at Broombridge Station. From here the RPA say the line could extend again in the future to Finglas. Broombridge Station is beside the Dublin Industrial Estate (aka the Glasnivin Industrial Estate) and just over 600meters from South Finglas.
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