Increased security urgently needed on red Luas line – Byrne

Veolia cannot pass the buck to the Gardaí

Fine Gael Dublin South Central, Catherine Byrne, has today (Thursday) called for increased security on the Luas red line to deal with high levels of anti-social behaviour on the route. Deputy Byrne has written to the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) to voice her concerns.

“The Luas is a wonderful facility, but the benefits it provides are being severely undermined by high levels of anti-social behaviour on the route. Constituents of mine have expressed grave concern about behaviour ranging from smoking and spitting to intimidation and harassment. I and my family have also personally experienced threatening anti-social behaviour.

“Security on the route is clearly inadequate. I wrote to the RPA to raise my concerns about this issue, and I have received a response from Veoila, the operators of the Luas. While the company acknowledges that anti-social behaviour is taking place, I believe their response does not go far enough.

“Veolia says that it employs a specialist transport security firm (STT), which patrols the line from 10am to the last tram, every day. The company goes on to say that the best way to reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour is to increase Garda visibility on the tram and at stops. Monthly meetings are held between the company and the Gardaí to discuss security problems on the tram lines.

“This isn’t enough. I don’t believe Veolia should be passing the buck to the Gardaí on this issue. Luas customers are suffering here; people are feeling threatened and in some cases are avoiding taking the tram as a result. As the private operators of a public service, the company has a responsibility to provide adequate security, day and night.

“We cannot allow a situation to persist where members of the public are being intimidated, and such a great source of public transport is being undermined. I intend to continue to push Veolia on this issue.”