In Pictures: Testing on Luas Cross city line

With the line due to open to the public in December testing of trams on the Luas cross city line is continuing to ensure that everything is ready for the first passengers to be carried. Despite the effects of Storm Ophelia in mid-October testing has been taking place as these photos from John Hampton show.

Regular test running over the new cross-city route has commenced in Dublin. Here Luas tram 3020 heads north along O'Connell Street where trams have been absent for over 68 years. The original tramway closed in1949. In the background is the base of the Spire, a metal sculpture which stands in the same place as previously occupied by the Nelson Pillar. This was the location of the main city terminus for the first generation trams and boasted a six track layout.

The same tram approaches the O'Connell Street Upper tram stop. The construction work which is on time and on budget should see the cross-city route open in December. (Both Photographs by John Hampton)

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