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Luas Red Line free for the day as Citywest extension opens

Five new stops will link Belgard and Saggart and bring an extra two million passengers a year.

Brookfield Dance Academy members wait for Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, to arrive at the Fortunestown Luas Stop
Brookfield Dance Academy members wait for Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, to arrive at the Fortunestown Luas Stop
Image: Photocall Ireland

THE LUAS RED Line now boasts five new stops with the opening of the Citywest extension.

The new route links Belgard and Saggart and has stops at Fettercairn, Cheeverstown, Citywest Campus, Fortunestown and Saggart. The Cheeverstown stop has a park and ride facility with 312 parking spaces. The Irish Times reports that the new line will carry an extra two million passengers a year.

The line was opened today by Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar, who said that a decision to link the Red and Green lines and on the construction of Metro North won’t be made until September, when a new National Development Plan is published, reports RTÉ.

The Luas Red line is free for the day to celebrate the opening of the Citywest extension.

Luas Red Line free for the day as Citywest extension opens
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    Members of Brookfield Dance Academy disobey the 'seats are not for feet' rule to welcome the Luas Red Line extension at Fortunestown. Pic: Photocall Ireland
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    Behind you Minister! Pic: Photocall Ireland
  • Luas Citywest extension

    Will he be allowed on with those? Eddie Milbourne with Bui Bolg waits for Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, to arrive at the Fortunestown Luas Stop. Pic: Photocall Ireland
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    Brookfield Dance Academy member Corina Boud (11) Pic: Photocall Ireland
  • Luas Citywest extension

    Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, left, and Pat Rabbitte TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, at the Fortunestown Luas Stop. Pic: Photocall Ireland
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    Jake Costello (4) waits for Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, to arrive at the Fortunestown Luas Stop. Pic: Photocall Ireland
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    Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD at the Fortunestown Luas Stop with Karen Koster of TV3. Pic: Photocall Ireland

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