Ballyowen residents’ views wanted on Lucan Luas

Residents in the Ballyowen area of West Dublin are being invited to give their views on options of the Lucan Luas.

While funding has not been earmarked for the planned route, the Railway Procurement Agency were instructed by the Minister of Transport to continue projects up to advanced planning stages, including applying for permission for the route.

Ballyowen residents have until August 31 to submit their views to the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA).

“Our open evening was very well attended and the response from the public and the elected representatives has been remarkable in terms of number of submissions,” the agency said in an update today.

After objections from locals to the RPA’s 2008 “Emerging Preferred Route” the agency has come up with two alternative routes within the area.

Option A requires taking land from a car park used by Esker Celtic and Hermitage Park, while option B which requires the tracks to be separated will be at the expense of the green area adjacent to the Forster Estate.

Descriptions and drawings of the three options — the emerging preferred route options and the two alternatives —  are available on a webpage at RPA.ie.

A final decision on alternative options for the Ballyowen section is due in September.

Lucan Luas planned route

The planned 10.5km route for the Lucan Luas or ‘Line F1’ will allow trams to travel from Lucan to the City Centre. The RPA claims it will take trams 44 minutes to get from Lucan to Abbey Street.

The route proposes that trams travel from Lucan to Liffey Valley Town Centre then pass the Cherry Orchard and Palmerstown areas before reaching Ballyfermot and Irish Rail’s Inchicore railway works, where there’s a planned stop beside the proposed Dart Underground Station. At Inchicore, the line will join with the current Luas Red Line at Blackhorse.

In 2009, the RPA split the rest of the original route, from James’s Street to College Green, into a separate project called Luas Liberties or ‘Line F2’.

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