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The Red Line (Irish: Líne Dhearg[1]) is one of the two lines of Dublin's Luas light rail system. The Red Line runs in an east-west direction through the city centre, north of the River Liffey, before travelling southwest to Tallaght, with a fork to Citywest and Saggart. The Red Line opened on 26 September 2004.

Luas Red Line
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Red Line LUAS passes Red Cow depot
Overview
TypeLight rail
StatusOperational
LocaleIreland
TerminiPoint Village
Dublin Connolly
Saggart
Tallaght
Stations32
Operation
Opened26 September 2004
OwnerTransport Infrastructure Ireland
Operator(s)Transdev
CharacterPrimary
Depot(s)Red Cow
Technical
Line length13-mile (21 km)
Number of tracksDouble track
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC Overhead catenary
Route map

The Point ferry/water interchange
Spencer Dock
Mayor Square-NCI
George's Dock
Connolly Iarnród Éireann
Busáras Bus interchange
Abbey St Bus interchange
Jervis
Four Courts
Smithfield
Museum
Heuston Iarnród Éireann
James's
Fatima
Rialto
Suir Road
Goldenbridge
Drimnagh
Blackhorse
Bluebell
Kylemore
Red Cow Bus interchange
Depot
Kingswood Bus interchange
Belgard
Cookstown
Hospital
Tallaght Parking
Fettercairn
Cheeverstown Parking
Citywest Campus Parking
Fortunestown Parking
Saggart

HistoryEdit

Construction work began in March 2001 on the Tallaght to Connolly line, as well as the Sandyford to St. Stephen's Green section of the second line, with Ansaldo of Italy and MVM of Australia getting the contract to build the system.[2] The St. Stephen's Green to Dublin Airport section was dropped before construction began, as it was decided to serve the area by a metro instead. The contract to maintain operate the system was awarded to Transdev Ireland (formerly known as Connex).[3]

The extension from Connolly to The Point opened in 2009, with the extension from Belgard to Saggart opening in 2011.[citation needed]

Interchange with the Green Line began in 2017 with its extension cross the Red Line either side of the Abbey Street stop [4]

Rolling StockEdit

The Luas Red Line is operated using Citadis trams.

DepotEdit

The tram depot for the Red Line is located at Red Cow where the main control room for the entire Luas system is also located.[5][better source needed]

RouteEdit

Image Name
Name in Irish
Branch Zone Location Transport interchange Serves
  The Point
Iosta na Rinne
Docklands (Terminus) Red 1 Mayor Street Upper
53°20′54″N 6°13′45″W / 53.348338°N 6.229195°W / 53.348338; -6.229195
  Dublin Port

  Dublin Bus routes

  dublinbikes

3Arena
  Spencer Dock
Duga Spencer
Docklands Red 1 Mayor Street Upper
53°20′56″N 6°14′14″W / 53.348806°N 6.237134°W / 53.348806; -6.237134
  Docklands
  Dublin Bus routes

  dublinbikes

Convention Centre Dublin
Mayor Square — NCI
Cearnóg an Mhéara — CNÉ
Docklands Red 1 Mayor Street Lower
53°20′57″N 6°14′36″W / 53.349203°N 6.243276°W / 53.349203; -6.243276
  Dublin Bus routes

  dublinbikes

National College of Ireland
George's Dock
Duga Sheoirse
Docklands Red 1 / Central
City Centre (off peak)
George's Dock
53°20′58″N 6°14′51″W / 53.349440°N 6.247562°W / 53.349440; -6.247562
  Dublin Bus routes

  dublinbikes

Jeanie Johnston
  Connolly
Conghaile
Connolly (Terminus) Red 1 / Central
City Centre (off peak)
Amiens Street
53°21′04″N 6°15′00″W / 53.351025°N 6.250121°W / 53.351025; -6.250121
  Dublin Connolly

  Dublin Bus routes

  dublinbikes

National College of Ireland
  Busáras Main line Red 1 / Central
City Centre (off peak)
Store Street
53°21′00″N 6°15′06″W / 53.350100°N 6.251607°W / 53.350100; -6.251607
  Dublin Bus routes

  Bus Éireann routes

  dublinbikes

Busáras
The Custom House
International Financial Services Centre
  Abbey Street
Sráid na Mainistreach
Main line Central
City Centre (off peak)
Lower Abbey Street
53°20′55″N 6°15′31″W / 53.348556°N 6.258490°W / 53.348556; -6.258490
  Luas Green Line Marlborough southbound (walk 100 m / 110 yds)
  Luas Green Line O'Connell - GPO northbound (walk 140 m / 150 yds)
  Dublin Bus routes
  Dublin Bikes
O'Connell Street, O'Connell Bridge, Abbey Street
Abbey Theatre
Trinity College, Dublin
Jervis Main line Central Upper Abbey Street
53°20′52″N 6°15′55″W / 53.347711°N 6.265265°W / 53.347711; -6.265265
  Dublin Bus routes 25, 25a, 25b, 25x, 26, 37, 39, 39a, 51d, 51x, 66, 66a, 66b, 66x, 67, 67x, 69, 69x, 70, 79, 79a, 83, 90, 145, 747

  Dublin Bikes

Henry Street, Parnell Street, Temple Bar
Jervis Shopping Centre
St. Mary's Abbey
  The Four Courts
Na Ceithre Cúirteanna
Main line Central
City Centre (off peak)
between Greek Street and Church Street
53°20′49″N 6°16′25″W / 53.346846°N 6.273676°W / 53.346846; -6.273676
  Dublin Bus routes 25, 25a, 25b, 25x, 26, 37, 39, 39a, 51d, 51x, 66, 66a, 66b, 66x, 67, 67x, 70, 79, 79a, 83, 90, 145, 747

  Dublin Bikes

Four Courts
Wood Quay
DCC Civic Offices
St. Audoen's Church
St. Michan's Church
  Smithfield
Margadh na Feirme
Main line Central Phoenix Street North
53°20′50″N 6°16′41″W / 53.347114°N 6.278054°W / 53.347114; -6.278054
  Dublin Bus routes 25, 25a, 25b, 25x, 26, 37, 39, 39a, 51d, 51x, 66, 66a, 66b, 66x, 67, 67x, 69, 69x, 70, 79, 79a, 83, 90, 145, 747

  Dublin Bikes

Old Jameson Distillery
Smithfield
Light House Cinema
  Museum
Músaem
Main line Central Croppies' Acre
53°20′52″N 6°17′13″W / 53.347880°N 6.286927°W / 53.347880; -6.286927
  Dublin Bus routes 25, 25a, 25a, 25x, 26, 51d, 66, 66a, 66b, 66x, 67, 67x, 69, 79, 79a, 90, 145

  Dublin Bikes

National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History
Arbour Hill Prison
  Heuston Main line Central / Red 2 Dublin Heuston railway station
53°20′48″N 6°17′31″W / 53.346666°N 6.291811°W / 53.346666; -6.291811
  Dublin Heuston
  Dublin Bus routes 25, 25a, 25a, 25x, 26, 51d, 66, 66a, 66b, 66x, 67, 67x, 69, 79, 79a, 90, 145, 747
  Bus Éireann: routes 4, X8, 12, X12, 115, 115A, 120, 126

  Dublin Bikes

St. Patrick's Hospital
Phoenix Park
  James's
Ospidéal San Séamas
Main line Red 2 James's Street
53°20′30″N 6°17′36″W / 53.341763°N 6.293361°W / 53.341763; -6.293361
  Dublin Bus routes 13, 40, 123

  Dublin Bikes

National College of Art and Design
St. James's Hospital
Guinness Storehouse
  Fatima Main line Red 2 James's Walk
53°20′18″N 6°17′34″W / 53.338450°N 6.292809°W / 53.338450; -6.292809
Dolphin's Barn, The Coombe
The Liberties
Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital
  Rialto Main line Red 2 James's Walk
53°20′16″N 6°17′51″W / 53.337909°N 6.297401°W / 53.337909; -6.297401
  Dublin Bus routes 68, 68a, 122

  Go-Ahead Ireland route 17

Rialto,
New National Children's Hospital,
Kilmainham
  Suir Road
Bóthar na Siúire
Main line Red 2/3 Davitt Road
53°20′12″N 6°18′26″W / 53.336643°N 6.307255°W / 53.336643; -6.307255
  Dublin Bus routes 68, 68A, 123 Inchicore, Kilmainham
Richmond Park
Good Counsel GAA
Inchicore College of Further Education
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Kilmainham Gaol
  Goldenbridge
An Droichead Órga
Main line Red 3 Davitt Road
53°20′09″N 6°18′48″W / 53.335916°N 6.313301°W / 53.335916; -6.313301
  Dublin Bus route 123 Goldenbridge Cemetery
  Drimnagh
Droimeanach
Main line Red 3 Davitt Road
53°20′07″N 6°19′06″W / 53.335349°N 6.318290°W / 53.335349; -6.318290
  Dublin Bus route 123 Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin
Richmond Barracks
Goldenbridge Cemetery
  Blackhorse
An Capall Dubh
Main line Red 3 Mayor Street Upper
53°20′03″N 6°19′39″W / 53.334273°N 6.327543°W / 53.334273; -6.327543
  Dublin Bus routes 13, 68, 69 Goldenbridge Industrial Estate
Lansdowne Valley Park
Westlink Industrial Estate
Bluebell
An Cloigín Gorm
Main line Red 3 Naas Road
53°19′46″N 6°20′02″W / 53.329327°N 6.333895°W / 53.329327; -6.333895
  Dublin Bus routes 13, 68, 69 Drimnagh
Drimnagh Castle
Lansdowne Valley Park
  Kylemore
An Chill Mhór
Main line Red 3 Naas Road
53°19′36″N 6°20′38″W / 53.326639°N 6.343814°W / 53.326639; -6.343814
  Dublin Bus routes 13, 18, 51x, 68, 69, 69x, 151 Walkinstown
St James Gaels GAA
Kylemore College
  Red Cow
An Bhó Dhearg
Main line Red 3 Red Cow interchange
53°18′59″N 6°22′13″W / 53.316307°N 6.370167°W / 53.316307; -6.370167
  Dublin Bus routes 13, 51x, 68, 69
  Bus Éireann route X12
  Dublin Coach to Portlaoise / Dublin Airport
Ballymount Park
  Kingswood
Coill an Rí
Main line Red 3 R838
53°18′13″N 6°21′56″W / 53.303638°N 6.365452°W / 53.303638; -6.365452
  Dublin Bus route 56a Tallaght Medical Centre
Belgard Main line Red 3/4 Old Belgard Road
53°17′57″N 6°22′30″W / 53.299256°N 6.375135°W / 53.299256; -6.375135
  Dublin Bus routes 76, 76a Belgard, Kilnamanagh
Kilnamanagh Shopping Centre
Fettercairn
Fothair Chardain
Saggart line Red 4 Katherine Tynan Road
53°17′36″N 6°23′45″W / 53.293325°N 6.395937°W / 53.293325; -6.395937
  Dublin Bus route 56a Fettercairn
St Marks GAA
Saint Anne's School
Cheeverstown
Baile an tSíbhrigh
Saggart line Red 4 Cheeverstown
53°17′28″N 6°24′23″W / 53.291045°N 6.406500°W / 53.291045; -6.406500
  Dublin Bus route 27
Luas Park + Ride
Cheeverstown
Citywest Campus
Campas Gnó Iarthar na Cathrach
Saggart line Red 4 Citywest Avenue
53°17′18″N 6°25′04″W / 53.288460°N 6.417647°W / 53.288460; -6.417647
  Dublin Bus routes 65b, 77a,

  Go-Ahead Ireland route 175
Luas Park + Ride

Citywest
Citywest Village
Fortunestown - Citywest Shopping Centre
Baile Uí Fhoirtcheirn
Saggart line Red 4 Citywest Drive
53°17′03″N 6°25′29″W / 53.284253°N 6.424782°W / 53.284253; -6.424782
  Dublin Bus routes 65b, 77a

  Go-Ahead Ireland route 175
Luas Park + Ride

Fortunestown
Citywest
Citywest Shopping Centre
Saggart
Teach Sagard
Saggart line (Terminus) Red 4 Saggart
53°17′05″N 6°26′16″W / 53.284785°N 6.437801°W / 53.284785; -6.437801
  Dublin Bus route 69 Saggart, Whitechurch, Baldonnel
Citywest Educate Together N.S.
Citywest Hotel
Casement Aerodrome
  Cookstown
Baile an Chócaigh
Tallaght line Red 4 Cookstown Way
53°17′36″N 6°23′03″W / 53.293305°N 6.384044°W / 53.293305; -6.384044
  Dublin Bus routes 56a Cookstown
St. Mark's Community School
  Hospital
Ospidéal Tamhlachta
Tallaght line Red 4 Cookstown Way
53°17′21″N 6°22′44″W / 53.289277°N 6.379002°W / 53.289277; -6.379002
Tallaght University Hospital
  Tallaght
Tamhlacht
Tallaght line (Terminus) Red 4 Hibernian Industrial Estate
53°17′15″N 6°22′28″W / 53.287424°N 6.374581°W / 53.287424; -6.374581
  Dublin Bus routes 27, 49, 54a, 56a, 65

  Go-Ahead Ireland routes 75, 76, 76a, 175
Luas Park + Ride
Dualway Local Bus Services

Tallaght
Institute of Technology, Tallaght
Tallaght Stadium
Civic Theatre
The Square Shopping Centre

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 March 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ [1] RTÉ News:O'Rourke awards £196m LUAS contract
  3. ^ "Luas home page". Railway Procurement Agency. Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  4. ^ "Luas Green Line Extension Opening -".
  5. ^ "Luas to improve backup plans following storm-related service disruptions". The Irish Times. 20 October 2017. Archived from the original on 3 November 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2019.

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