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Dublin’s light rail LUAS extension launched

The latest extension to Dublin’s light rail system, LUAS, has opened.

The new line runs from the existing Red Line stop at Belgard to the CityWest Campus and Saggart.

This is the third extension to the Irish capital’s successful LUAS system.

The first, linking the city centre to the Dockland development at The Point, opened in 2009 and the second, an extension on the Green Line to Cherrywood and Bride’s Glen in the south of Dublin, opened last year.

Light rail campaigner TramForward has welcomed this extension to one of the most successful modern tramways in Europe. Luas means speed in Gaelic.

The silver Citadis trams, made in France by Alstom at La Rochelle, can travel at 45 mph when off the streets, for instance on the stretch between Red Cow and Kylemore.

However, line speeds are considerably lower for safety reasons in Dublin itself.

 

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