The idea of closing Broombridge and extending the Luas line to the proposed Pelletstown station seems thoroughly sensible although probably impractical unless the Luas line was to deviate dramatically from the present approved route.
More generally the NTA needs to answer a number of questions in relation to future strategy for the various lines in the Dublin area. (Not particularly relevant to the Cork line due to dedicated slow lines and minimal inner suburban traffic).
What are the criteria for the construction of a new station ? How is the affect on existing services and patronage quantified ? Is it considered at all ?
If there are another two or three high density developments between Ashtown and Clonsilla do these all get stations ? How much extra time will be added to existing journeys ? Does it matter ? Can the Sligo service survive if it takes 45 minutes to get to Maynooth ? An hour ?
Looking at the proposed elevations for Pelletstown I can well understand that the locals mightn't be overly enamored - the station does not look like a particularly aesthetic addition to the landscape.
Last edited by Inniskeen : 22-02-2013 at 10:14.