LUAS FOR WEST DUBLIN - LUCAN & BLANCHARDSTOWN
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Dear Minister Ross,
We, the citizens of Lucan, and of the surrounding neighborhoods to include Blanchardstown hereby call on both the office of the Minister of Transport and the Irish Government to restart the planning process to put a LUAS in place for West Dublin (East-West) as the population here seem to have been forgotten about in the main.
We urgently require a LUAS railway system due to what is already, a gridlock traffic situation generally in West Dublin. Additionally, South Dublin County Councils recent announcement of the proposed new development of 8,000+ housing units in the area to be known as Clonburris will add another 20,000 people to the area without the proper public transport infrastructure to cater for its current population. To put that in to perspective, Clonburris will have the same amount of people as Wexford town.
If Clonburris gets the go ahead, then many fear Lucan will simply come to a grinding halt in terms of traffic. Some people have to add 30mins to their journey simply to get in or out of Lucan.
Therefore, we need a LUAS now more than ever to be put in place for all of West Dublin and for it to be connected across to City West and on to the Red Line - Tallaght
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** LUAS is not in government plans **
Evening Echo Lucan, July 01, 2017
By Brendan Grehan
THE PLANNED Luas to Lucan has not been included in the Government’s recent Mid Term Capital Plan (2016-2021). A local TD was informed of this in a response to a parliamentary question.
Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross if his submission regarding the mid term capital plan included plans for the Luas Lucan project.
Minister Ross replied: “The development of the east-west Luas line from Lucan, while part of the longer-term transport strategy for the GDA, will not be progressed within the lifetime of the current capital plan”.
Deputy Curran told The Echo: “I was hoping that the Government would revisit the planned Luas Line to Lucan in this year’s Mid Term Capital Review considering the traffic congestion in Lucan, the N4, the M50 and the Greater Dublin Area. It is very disappointing the Government has decided not to include the Luas to Lucan in this year’s Capital Plan 2016 – 2021.”
Deputy Curran said Minister Ross had informed that an east-west Luas to Lucan is envisaged for the longer term transport plan for the Greater Dublin Area.
He added: “It looks like it could be 20 years before even the planning process begins on the Lucan Luas project and that is simply not good enough, while traffic chaos grips commuters in Lucan.
"Accident’s on the M50 can cause city-wide traffic chaos, it is clear that the lack of good quality public transport in Dublin is a huge factor in the cause of gridlock when there is an accident.
"This is short sighted. I plan to continue to raise the issue of transport infrastructure for the Greater Dublin Area in Dáil Éireann.”
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