Fianna Fáil Dublin Spokesperson, John Lahart TD has said that a decision made by the National Transport Authority to transfer seven trams from the red line LUAS to provide additional capacity on the Green Line, will seriously impact services to Dublin South West.

Deputy Lahart raised the matter in Dáil Éireann earlier today.

He said, “Since the launch of LUAS Cross City Services last December passenger numbers have risen by almost 30% which is pushing trams to operate at full capacity. There are virtually daily delays to services since longer trams intended to alleviate overcrowding were added to the lines.

“Yet, this situation was broadly foreseen and the lack of proactive planning has been drawn into question by my colleagues and I, time and time again.

“Dublin is a European Capital city that is attracting new levels of tourism yet we have a public transport system that is buckling under pressure. LUAS passengers are deeply frustrated that it was well warned these difficulties would occur but that the only fix offered by authorities has been to remove trams from one line.

“It is clear that there are problems with the insufficient capacity of LUAS trams that require intervention but moving trams from one line to another will not prove to be a long term or sustainable solution.

“It is simply a matter of time before Tallaght passengers will begin to notice adverse effects on their service as a result of this decision. Why should passengers in Tallaght face delays and less capacity to facilitate a line the other side of the city?

He concluded, “This is not the kind of remedy to the ongoing increases in demand on LUAS services that commuters were hoping for.”