The Luas Cross City gauge run took place over two days from St. Stephen’s Green along the 5.9km route to Broombridge, Cabra. Two trams were brought at walking speeds along the northbound and southbound alignment, stopping at each new platform and manoeuvring along the route to allow a range of measurements and tests to be carried out. Engineers also had to verify that the new infrastructure (tracks and overhead wires) is working with the trams.
Pat Lucey, managing director of infrastructure at John Sisk & Son, said: “We are delighted to play a vital role in this joint venture with Steconfer in the delivery of this significant piece of national infrastructure. It was our aim from the start to deliver the Luas Cross City extension project safely and on time with minimal impact on the people of Dublin and those visiting the city. With the successful completion of the first gauge run today we are well on track to achieving that aim and look forward to completing works on this project over the next couple of months.”
Luis Bairrao, managing director, Steconfer stated that he was proud of their role in the prestigious multidisciplinary project. "It allows us the opportunity to demonstrate our expertise and high technical skills required for the construction of railway and overhead line electrification systems."