MetroLink Update – Green Luas
It appears that the MetroLink upgrade to the Green Luas line has been put on hold for now. The revised plan is for the Metro to now terminate at Charlemont.
This is what the NTA say in their Preferred Route Consultation Document:
…the most significant change to the Emerging Preferred Route relates to the interface with the existing Green Line and Charlemont Station. In the original proposal, the tunnel emerged above ground just south of Charlemont and connected to the Green Line. This involved major works in the area of Charlemont and Ranelagh and would have involved the temporary closure of a section of the Green Line to enable these works.
Under the revised proposals, MetroLink will terminate at Charlemont and the connection to the Green Line will be postponed to a future date when passenger demand necessitates its provision.
It’s good to know the Luas Green line won’t now be temporarily closed, as there was a lot of discussion around how long it would take for the work to be done. However questions do need to be asked about how the current Green Luas will accommodate the extra passenger capacity once the massive development planned for Cherrywood starts. The Green Luas is already extremely over-subscribed.
The NTA are now seeking feedback on the Preferred Route, and if you are so inclined you can do that here. You can also go along to one of their public events, (also listed on the MetroLink website).