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Sinn Féin TD wants LUAS free travel extended to Tallaght line

30 June, 2004

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South West, Seán Crowe has called on the Rail Procurement Agency, to ensure that the initial period of free travel granted to users of the Sandyford line, which is aimed at encouraging people to use the service, be also introduced on the Tallaght line when it becomes operational in August. Deputy Crowe made his comments after it emerged that the operators of LUAS had not yet decided if the free trial period would be extended to Tallaght.

Deputy Crowe said, "While welcoming the fact that LUAS has finally arrived, from Sandyford at least, I would call on the Rail Procurement Agency and the operators of LUAS to provide an initial period of free travel on the Tallaght line when it becomes operational in August as they have done on the Sandyford line this week. In an effort to get people using the service a period of free travel will encourage people and enable them to become familiar and comfortable with it."

Deputy Crowe went on to say "The introduction of LUAS to the transport infrastructure of Dublin is a welcome if somewhat late development. However, while it is welcome it has already been overtaken by the development of this part of Dublin. Massive growth has taken place beyond the Square in Tallaght, where the LUAS line now terminates. The whole City West business campus as well as the thousands of residential homes that have sprung up in the area in recent years is in desperate need of increased quality public transport. The extension of the LUAS to this part of the County must be looked at as a priority." ENDS

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