Proposed Luas expansion to Bray

The proposed extension of the Luas Green Line to Bray has identified the reopening the Brides Glen Viaduct on the old Harcourt Street railway line as a preferred option.

Much of the existing Luas line follows the trackbed of the former Harcourt Street railway line, which was closed by CIE in 1958.

The Brides Glen Viaduct is located just south of the Brides Glen station in Cherrywood, which currently serves as the terminus for the Green line.

The proposed extension is about 9km long, with stops at Stonebridge, Crinken, Old Connaught, Thornhill and Fassaroe, along with a park-and-ride at Corke Abbey, Ravenswell and Bray Dart Station.

The proposals are part of the National Transport Authority’s short-term infrastructure investment programme for the Greater Dublin Area over the period 2013-2018.

Among the plan’s objectives are the Luas Cross City Project and the enhancement of the existing light rail network.

Work will begin on a review of infrastructural and investment policy after 2016. A southbound extension of the Luas Green Line to Bray will be included as a potential scheme as part of that review.

Wicklow TD Andrew Doyle also highlighted the need for the development of infrastructur projects that will improve commuter routes, road transport and safety in Wicklow.

“Real time passenger information displays have been installed in a number of key bus routes with locations ranging from Greystones, Killincarrick and Kilmacanogue with additional information displays underway at Arklow, Wicklow Town and Newtownmountkennedy,” Doyle said.

“While we have had positive resolutions and updates on progress to date, we still need to make  progress on the development of infrastructural projects that will improve commuter routes, road transport and safety in Wicklow.

“I will keep pushing hard for these and all the other improvement schemes that Wicklow needs so we can accommodate a large number of commuters and facilitate tourism around the county. Reducing travel times for residents and businesses has to be our primary consideration.”

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