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Luas Testing Shows Finishing Line in Sight

Jun 19, 2017

The sight today of Luas trams running along the new green line extension is an important milestone in the project - and shows that the finishing line is in sight, according to Dublin Chamber.

The Chamber, which represents businesses in the Dublin region, said that full focus must now be on ensuring that the Luas is fully up and running and carrying passengers in time for the crucial Christmas retail period.

The testing of trams on the new line through Dublin city centre commenced today. 

According to Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke: "The sight of trams running through the city centre sends a clear signal to the people and businesses of Dublin that the end is in sight. The extension of the Luas network through the heart of the city and out to Cabra will be a fantastic addition to the city's transport network. Constructing the new line has been a complicated task and has resulted in significant upheaval over the past four years. But it's very much a case of short-term pain for long-term gain, with the city set to reap the benefits of the new line for decades to come."

Dublin Chamber has welcomed the news that the new Luas line is on schedule to open to the public in early December.

The Chamber said that having the line up and running in time for Christmas will provide a boost for businesses in the the city - many of whom have faced significant disruption over the past four years.

Ms Burke added: "The focus of everyone involved in the project must now be on finishing the job as early as possible before Christmas. An early December opening presents all city centre stakeholders with an opportunity to encourage people to come in and enjoy the city centre this Christmas. The number of people coming into Dublin city centre is increasing all the time. As the economy continues to grow, the pressure on our transport network will increase. It is vital that the Luas Cross City project is followed up by much-needed continued investment in Dublin's tarnsport infrastructure."

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