Wednesday, 28 January 2004

Questions (162)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

281 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport the extent to which it is anticipated that the Luas, when operational, is likely to reduce the road capacity for other vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2467/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

While Luas will reduce somewhat the road capacity for other vehicles, it must be borne in mind that the Luas rail system will move 15,000 people in the peak periods into and out of the city; in addition, the reduction in road capacity will only affect a very limited quantum of the public road space in the Dublin area. Luas will also link Heuston Station with Connolly Station and Busáras, strategic commuter locations that between them cater for 20 million passengers each year.

The Dublin Transportation Office transportation strategy 2000-16, A Platform for Change, identifies on-street rail — Luas — as a principal component of an integrated public transport network in Dublin. The strategy is designed to increase substantially the public transport network and to encourage a transfer of trips, especially at peak periods, from the private car to sustainable modes of transport.