Luas extension will provide city centre rail access for thousands more commuters

26,000 more residents now within 15 minutes walk of new Luas line

Speaking ahead of the extension of the Green Line Luas to Cherrywood tomorrow, Minister of State for Sustainable Transport Ciarán Cuffe said the development will bring 26,000 more commuters within 15 minutes walk of a Luas line. Minister of State Cuffe said: “Bringing the Luas out to Cherrywood will provide a valuable link to the city centre for thousands of commuters and communities in south Dublin. Over 26,000 more residents will now be within 15 minutes walk from a fixed rail connection to the heart of city.”
The 7.5 km extension of the Luas Green Line to Cherrywood will serve 11 new stops at a peak time frequency of 7 – 10 minutes. Average journey time from Cherrywood will be 40 minutes. “Encouraging commuters out of their cars and on to public transport makes sense from an environmental, financial and traffic management perspective. Carbon emissions from our transport sector have risen dramatically over the last decade and providing reliable, fixed line light rail alternatives are part of the solution to this,” said Minister Cuffe. “Reducing the number of private car trips is a key feature of the Government’s Smarter Travel policy, which aims to have 55% of all journeys to work taken by public transport, cycling or walking. The Luas extension to Cherrywood will help achieve that by adding extra two-milllion passengers to the Luas Network every year.”