Luas Lucan proposals must link Ballyfermot
By Maurice Garvey
COUNCILLORS in Dublin South Central have agreed that Ballyfermot should be linked up with any future proposals for a Luas Lucan line.
Proposals under the Greater Dublin Area draft Transport Strategy 2016-2035, include a range of measures to improve rail, bus, road and cycle infrastructures.
Light rail proposals include a Luas-to-Lucan line, providing a high capacity link into the city centre of Lucan’s large residential areas to the south of the N4.
While the introduction of a Luas Lucan line is unlikely to happen anytime soon, Dublin South Central councillors voted to write to the National Transport Agency, to ensure Ballyfermot is included in any proposals for a Lucan line.
Independent councillor Paul Hand, forwarded a motion at the recent Dublin South Central ACM which “requires that the next plans for Luas Lucan be connected to Ballyfermot.”
Cllr Hand said: “The proposals are not set in stone, but the motion asks that we write to the NTA requiring the Luas to city centre via Ballyfermot for maximum community gain.
“It’s the direct way to Lucan from the city centre and a new transport system for Ballyfermot could become a reality.”
Independent Councillor Vincent Jackson supported the motion, saying it “would be timely to touch base with the NTA so they don’t forget.”
People Before Profit councillor Pat Dunne said “whole areas of Dublin South Central don’t have access to the Luas.”
“Luas took the most convenient routes. It should have access by bus routes to make it more accessible for residents,” said Cllr Dunne.
Draft strategy proposals for light rail also include an extension of the Luas Red Line line to Poolbeg, an extension of Luas Green Line to Bray, and an extension of the Luas cross city to Finglas.