Transport Minister Shane Ross recently welcomed into service the first of the newly-extended trams to operate on the Luas Green Line. The 11.1 metre extension increases the length of the tram from 44 metres to 55 metres and increases passenger capacity by 30%.
The first of these extended trams is now in passenger service on the Green Line, and 25 more are to be extended to enter service over the next 14 months.
Each of the 26 trams is being extended by the addition of 2 new modules per tram measuring 11.1 metres long in total. This will convert the Luas Citadis 402 type trams (43.6 metres) into longer Luas Citadis 502 type trams (54.7 metres).
The extended trams will increase passenger capacity from 319 to 408.
In addition to these extended trams, eight brand-new 55 metre trams are expected to be delivered in 2020, all of which will have a passenger capacity of 408. Seven 55 metre trams were introduced into the fleet last year.
This major programme of investment is going some way to easing the pressure on Luas Green Line services. The number of journeys on Luas has increased from 30.5 million in 2013 to 41.8 million in 2018 and demand continues to increase. Commuter peak-time services on the Luas Green Line are in particularly high demand.
At the unveiling of the first extended tram, at Sandyford Luas Depot, Shane Ross, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, said:
Anne Graham, CEO National Transport Authority, said:
Michael Nolan, CEO Transport Infrastructure Ireland, said: