The Introduction of LUAS Light Rail to the Greater Dublin Area.

Barrett, Noel (2003) The Introduction of LUAS Light Rail to the Greater Dublin Area. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The ever increasing traffic congestion problem of the Greater Dublin Area is a continuing debate that rarely seems to conclude in a possible solution. A similar discussion is the quality, reliability and effectiveness of the public transport infrastructure in the region. These two topical discussions are often associated with each other. It is often perceived that the reason we favour the private car in the Greater Dublin Area is because the public transport infrastructure is inadequate. However, in mid 2004, the Greater Dublin Area will witness the introduction of LUAS, a partly segregated, partly on street Light Rail Transit system.

The foundation of this dissertation is focussed on the fact that the introduction of LUAS is justified as a viable alternative to the private car and will be a positive addition to the public transport infrastructure of the region while, unfortunately, marginally contributing to the traffic congestion enigma that plagues many strategic routes in the area.

This has been endorsed throughout the research process, which consisted of semi-structured interviews with Owen P. Keegan, Director of Traffic; Eamon Brady, Public Affairs Manager of the Rail Procurement Agency and with Conor Faughnan, Public Affairs Manager of the Automobile Association of Ireland. Each interviewee concurred that LUAS will marginally affect the flows of traffic in the region, but that the benefits of the provision of a public transport alternative far outweighed this adverse factor. LUAS, however, is yet to commence operation in the Greater Dublin Area, and it is apparent that a host of complementary measures will need to assist the introduction and operation.

The above issues will be examined throughout the progression of this dissertation.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications > Urban Transportation
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in European Business and Languages
Depositing User: SINEAD CORCORAN
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2010 08:28
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2014 13:43

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