I was delighted to see An Bord Pleanala approve planning permission for the Luas extension to Broombridge – the BXD line.
The extension will link the Red and Green Luas lines in the city centre at O’Connell St. The original decision not to link the Red and Green lines was hugely short-sighted. Our then Transport Spokesperson, Ciaran Cuffe, undertook a ‘Join the Dots’ campaign to highlight the ridiculous plan to invest so much in intrastructure without connecting them. I welcome that fact that this is finally being resolved
but will also provide direct access to all Luas lines for Dublin West commuters, through the interchange between the Luas and Maynooth line at Broombridge.
For commuters in Dublin West, this announcement is also significant, as it will mean direct access to the existing Red and Green lines. The interchange at Broombridge Station between the Luas and the Maynooth line will mean that passengers can immediately get on a Luas heading south to Stephens Green, Dundrum and beyond. This will hugely increase the degree of transport integration in the city.
It is now vital that the Government provides the necessary funding for the project, which is estimated to be in a region of €370 million. I welcome the commitment Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has already made on this point.