Transport Minister Shane Ross with the National Transport Authority and Transport Infrastructure Ireland welcomed into service, the first of the newly-extended trams to operate on the Luas Green Line. The 11.1m extension increases the length of the tram from 44m to 55m and increases passenger capacity by 30%.
The first of these extended trams is now in passenger service on the Green Line, and 25 more are to be extended to enter service over the next 14 months.
In addition to these extended trams, eight brand-new 55m trams are expected to be delivered in 2020.
Transdev as Luas operator welcomes this major programme of investment, as we know it will go some way to ease the pressure on Luas Green Line services. The number of journeys on Luas has increased from 30.5 million in 2013 to 41.8 million in 2018 and demand continues to increase. Commuter peak-time services on the Luas Green Line are in particularly high demand.