The Railway Procurement Agency
- the body in charge of Dublin’s Luas and pending Metro transport
services - generated an after-tax surplus of €6.6 million
According to the body, commercial
activities associated with the two functioning Luas lines
in the capital delivered surpluses before tax of €6.9m - up
from a total of €5.6m in 2006.
In its annual report for 2007,
the agency stated - 'The success of the Luas system reflects
the quality of the investment decision made by Government
in proceeding with Luas and the dedication and professionalism
of the Railway Procurement Agency and Veolia in delivering
high-quality infrastructure and transport services'.
Last year, the
Luas system carried 28.4 million people over its two lines
- a 10% increase on 2006 passenger levels.
In its report, the RPA updated
on the progress it has made in regard to planning for each
of its interests - including the Metro project, the Luas extension
and ticketing projects - all of which have been included in
the Government’s Transport
21 investment programme.
The route for the Metro North line
has been selected and the preparation of detailed plans for
which a railway order will be sought was substantially completed.
The railway order application was
made for a 4.5km extension of the Luas red line, to run from
Belgard to Saggart via Citywest.
Also in 2007, substantial progress
was made in constructing the 7.5km extension of the Luas Green
Line to Cherrywood and the 1.5km extension of the Red Line
to the Docklands area.
Furthermore, a project to increase
the capacity of the red line by 40%, through lengthening the
trams, was substantially advanced.
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