Good news today for all public transport users in Dublin. An application for a new Luas line known as BX running from St Stephen’s Green and eventually to Broombridge is to be lodged with An Bord Pleanala by the Railway Procurement Agency shortly. A serious error of judgement was made by the government in1998 when it decided not to link the two lines.
Building the new line will provide greater connictivity for public transport users with Luas line BX joining up Red and Green lines, and should encourage more new passengers to the service, freeing up the city of car traffic.
The BX line is planned to run from St Stephen’s Green to O’Connell Street via College Green before doubling back and travelling along Marlborough Street across a new bridge to be built over the River Liffey to Hawkins Street.
Stops along this line will be located at Dawson Street, Westmoreland Street, O’ Connell Street, Marlborough Street and College Street.
Dublin Chamber of Commerce are rightly concerned that city centre could face an eight year construction period if the Luas Metro North and Dart projects are not properly integrated. Hopefully the RPA have learned from serious errors and time delays on both the first stages of Red and Green lines. It should also prove a employment boost to the construction sector with most of the major road infrastructure projects coming to an end.
By the time line Bx is complete commuters will have waited almost 10 years to see connection a connection of both lines which should have happened from day one.