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Lucan: Project could take another 20 years before a Luas line comes to the area
 
John Curran (FF): “I cannot believe that the Government has not included the Luas to Lucan in the Capital Plan 2016 – 2021.

The planned Luas to Lucan has not been included in the Government’s Capital Plan (2016 to 2021), which could mean that it could take another 20 years before a Luas line comes to the area.
The news, confirmed by acting Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe, follows shortly after the National Transport Authority (NTA) published a draft transport strategy for the Greater Dublin Area, which identified a new east-west Luas line, running from Lucan to the city centre.
This was seen as a welcomed initiative as Lucan is not served by any rail line. The strategy said that the Luas line would cater for the “high transport demand along this corridor”, serving Lucan, Liffey Valley and Ballyfermot along the route.
Commenting on this issue Dublin-West TD John Curran (FF) said: “I cannot believe that the Government has not included the Luas to Lucan in the Capital Plan 2016 – 2021. This means that the planning process cannot recommence until at least 2021, with no visibility on a submission date of application and of course no date for a planning consent to issue and let’s not even talk about construction.
“The Minister has informed me that there are plans to review the public transport requirements for the Lucan area and the N4 corridor and that an east-west Luas to Lucan is envisaged.
“This is published in the transport strategy for the Greater Dublin Area covering the period 2016 to 2035 and all dependent on the availability of funding. Does this mean it could be 20 years before the Luas gets to Lucan?
“If the economy continues to grow, this can only mean one thing – more cars on our roads! Without the provision of quality public transport like the Luas and Metro, traffic in Dublin is only going to worsen.
“While everyone recognises that to commence construction of this project was unlikely in the short term due to financial constraints, to not advance the planning process of this project is the wrong decision and shows a worrying lack of vision for public transport in our capital city
“Funding is being made in the new capital plan building for recovery for metro north but there are no plans and no funding to proceed with the metro west proposal or the Luas to Lucan. This is short sighted. I plan to continue to raise the issue of transport infrastructure for the Greater Dublin Area while elected to Dail Eireann,” said Deputy Curran.

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