Fianna Fáil Dublin Spokesperson, John Lahart TD has said that the current reduced time period between LUAS services are forcing passengers to travel on dangerously overcrowded trams.
LUAS Cross City continues to operate without new longer trams which were expected to be added to the lines in the New Year. The trams operator, Transdev informed the Deputy this week that they will not be added until March 31st.
Commenting on the issue Deputy Lahart said, “A large number of LUAS stops across the city are experiencing severe overcrowding due to the provision of reduced services. For instance thousands of commuters travelling from the south county into the city are affected by the reduction to services on the green line.
“At peak hours, intending passengers are left waiting as passing trams go by already full to capacity.
“It’s apparent now that the Minister for Transport was eager to substitute the provision of an effective tram service that meets demand, with a pre-Christmas photo opportunity.
“The current scenario is an accident waiting to happen and the Minister for Transport has a duty to provide a safer LUAS service to passengers.
“The introduction of seven longer trams may not necessarily fully alleviate overcrowding. The overcrowding on LUAS trams will only continue to worsen over the next 9 weeks particularly in the absence of a traffic management plan for the capital.
“This urgently needs to be revised in order to support all road and transport users.
“A sustainable public transport service is dependent on adequate planning between all stakeholders and their Ministerial counterpart.”