Gallagher proposes Luas Line for Dublin West
Dublin West Sinn Féin election candidate Cllr. Felix Gallagher today launched his proposal for the construction of a Luas line from O'Connell Street through Blanchardstown, terminating at the site of the proposed 1,200 car Park & Ride facility at the new Dunboyne/Pace railway station. Councillor Gallagher said his proposal would give Dublin 15 residents a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the City Centre.
Speaking from Blanchardstown village today Cllr. Gallagher said, "Dublin west has experienced the fastest growing population in the State. Years of bad planning has resulted in a deteriorating quality of life for the people of this constituency. The government's policy emphasis on car usage and excessive over spending on road building projects, with a consistent refusal to invest in an integrated public transport system, has consequently left the people of west Dublin with unsustainable lengthy daily commutes.
"Sinn Féin's proposal is to turn that section of the N3 Navan Road into the most efficient transport corridor in the country, with full integration with the Navan railway at Dunboyne, the new Phoenix Park station near Ashtown, the Metro West, as well as the City Centre stations of Heuston, Connolly and the new Dockland's station.
"The proposal would see the Dublin 15 Luas line tie in with the existing Luas from Heuston Station to O'Connell Street. From Heuston the route would continue along to Parkgate Street, through the Phoenix Park before arriving at the new Phoenix Park railway station which is currently under construction.
"Using land adjacent to the Navan (N3) Road to Blanchardstown town centre, travelling via Clonee with the new Park and Ride just north of where the N3 dual carriageway terminates this proposal would facilitate full integration with the Navan railway at Dunboyne, the new Phoenix Park station near Ashtown, the Metro West, as well as city centre.
"The plan also includes feeder buses running every 5 minutes from Ballycoolin and Blanchardstown Corporate Parks to Clonsilla via Blanchardstown shopping centre. With a Luas from Blanchardstown this would give Dublin 15 residents's a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the City Centre.
"From Parkgate Street the Luas would tie in with the Red Luas line from Tallaght, so extensive works will not be required in the city centre. Instead, only 800m of track to the Phoenix Park will need to be laid."
"If we want to get Blanchardstown moving again, then Dublin 15 must get a Luas line. The question shouldn't be why should Blanchardstown have a Luas line, but rather why shouldn't it?"