An interesting topic for IRM. I have always been a supporter of Luas and use it as often as I can. There have been breakdowns this week and service on the Green line has become unreliable compared to how it was in previous years. Are the trams now ageing or just suffering from the more intensive use now being expected of them? I
It does now seem that the northward extension through the city has caused significant problems for buses in particular. I don't think the plan was for an improved Luas to discommode other public transport users.
Luas is not a bus but neither is it a train. The Green line was designed with heavy rail in mind from Charlemont south. This capability, together with an underground section in the CC, should have been implemented rather than the Luas extension. We need a Metro as it is now obvious that city roads cannot cope with the number of people travelling. However a light rail Metro is not the answer.