Cross City Luas will provide central link between Green and Red lines.Dublin's new Luas Cross City route comes into operation on 9 December, four years after works began on the route which connects the capital's southern Green line with the northern Red line.
The €368 million project was concluded on time and has come in about €2 million under budget. Once it is up and running it will allow for an additional 10 million passenger journeys per year.
The line will have 13 stops and run from St Stephen’s Green – where it will connect with the south Dublin green line – down Dawson St and Nassau St, through College Green, Westmoreland St and O’Connell St. Here it will connect with the Luas red line – which runs from west Dublin to the O2 via Connolly Station – on nearby Abbey St.
The Cross City line will serve the new Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) campus at Grangegorman and terminate at the Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) station at Broombridge in the northern suburb of Cabra.
Retailers in the city centre are looking forward to the December opening, just in time for Christmas shopping, however cyclist groups are concerned that there could be an increase in cycling injuries due to the risk of wheels getting stuck in tram tracks.
Construction on the project began in May 2013 when the route had the working title BXD line - since swapped for Cross City - under then transport minister Leo Varadkar who has since become Ireland's prime minister. At the time Varadkar said the new Luas line would give the capital “an integrated commuter rail network for the first time”.