Dublin has one of the worst public transport systems for a capital city in the western world, we all know that. It’s pathetic. We have one tunnel, two separate inner city tram lines and a costal train service. A few buses going about when the drivers aren’t on strike going to mostly meaningless places. Finally, in June 2013 the greatest thing ever happened – my godson Leon was born. And also, the construction of the Luas line to connect the two Luas lines begun. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
I’m not angered by this, I live in Rathmines which is near everywhere I need. I’ve never been on the Red Luas Line ever. Really never. I’ve driven or been driven to Heuston Station and the zoo, I’ve never been to the Three Arena as I’m not that much into music. I’ve also only been on the Dart as a three year old or with a three year old. Buses too, I rarely use. Saying this I’m not too sure what the angle of this story is, it’s not an angry rant or a pointless rant, it’s somewhere in between. This is a short, written piece on something that doesn’t really effect me, and for those who it does effect, it’s something you are all too aware of. So it’s rather leaning towards the pointless and pathetic. But continue reading, judging by the other articles I’ve read this is a Havard thesis in comparison.
Construction to connect the two Luas lines begun in June 2013, over the last three years the city centre has been crippled in even more traffic and diversions. I’ve seen the 14 & 15 buses from town to Rathmines change routes, almost all others have.
For one, I don’t see the point of connecting the two lines. Who has ever wanted to go to Bride’s Glen from Saggart? The heart of the city centre, for me should’ve been left alone. It’s a lovely summers walk to venture up and down in between Grafton Street and O’Connell street. It’s only a five minute walk too, is there any point of the Luas line at all? It is a short walk whether you’re 3 or 83 and if you’re a tourist, your in the heartbeat of culture with the many places of interest for you. So many tourists won’t be using it at all. Another question I have, will all the bus routes in the city centre end or will the Luas and buses converge over eachother even more?
After the current Green Line ends at St. Stephen’s Green ends the first new stop is on Dawson Street. Trinity, Westmoreland, O’Connell – GPO, O’Connell Upper, Parnell and Marlborough are planned stations. There are planned stations further north than Parnell Street.
There are seven Luas stops planned in a 1.5km distance, four of those being on O’Connell Street alone. I don’t see the point of this all. Unless you’re 3 (obsessed with trains) or 83 (who doesn’t have a loving child or grandchild so you have to shop for yourself).
That’s enough for the Luas line. What else can I say? I’ve mentioned the traffic issues, the planned stops and more.
Dublin is also a capital city without a metro service. All capitals and all major cities in the Europe and the U.S. have had metros for over 100 years at this stage. Ireland doesn’t, and it won’t until at least 2026.
To sum up, I’m glad I can drive and I’m glad I live where I live. I’m lucky. I don’t know where others at this college live and as mostly none of them will be reading this, I don’t care where they life. But I’m so happy I’m able to set my alarm in the morning at 08:45 and be showered and fed by 09:15, and still be in the classroom on time for 09:30.