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Luas extension must not lead to scale back of bus services in Sandyford, Ballyogan and Cherrywood

16 August, 2006


South Dublin Sinn Féin representative Shaun Tracey has welcomed the go ahead for the extension of the Luas Green Line from Sandyford to Cherrywood in South Dublin but said it is vital bus services are not cut back as a result. Mr. Tracey said the scale back of the 48A in Dundrum following the opening of the Luas green line had disastrous results with the travelling public squeezing onto trams at peak times like sardines in a tin.

Mr. Tracey "While I welcome the green light for the Luas to be extended, it is vital that bus services around Sandyford, Ballyogan and Cherrywood are not scaled back as a result, just as the 48A was in Dundrum.

"The scale back of the 48A in Dundrum following the opening of the Luas green line had disastrous results with the travelling public squeezing onto trams at peak times like sardines in a tin. Buses should be utilised to complement the Luas instead of merely being replaced by it and I am calling for the 48A to be returned to its former timetable, or at least to its former frequency, as it was before the Luas was introduced."

"There is already a notable problem with overcrowding on the Luas and a further extension in the line will inevitably result in more passengers. It is for this reason that we need longer trams. If these are not included in the extension plans then the Sandyford to Cherrywood line will be of no real benefit as the trams will be full to capacity by the time they reach Sandyford." Críoch

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