Following comments from former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald that the proposed new Luas service will make traffic in Dublin worse, Morning Ireland investigates.

The revolutionary light rail system proposed for Dublin

The planners argue that the new light rail system will put an end to traffic congestion in Dublin city. However, one of its chief critics is former Taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald who has written that the new system will make Dublin traffic even more congested. 

An on-street LRT system for Dublin is a grossly inadequate and indeed counter-productive concept in terms of traffic management.

Luas Project Director Donal Mangan defends the plans and says

There will be no question of grid-lock. The traffic will work, the city will function and it will be a better city to be in.

Mangan also comments on the development of a traffic management plan that will cover both the period of construction and when the system is operational.

A Morning Ireland report broadcast on 2 August 1996.