Now I'm all for public transport infrastructure and do appreciate historical buildings but does it not seem a bit nuts that DCC are more interested in city’s “exceptional” and “exquisite” architecture along the Fast Food Mile between Westmoreland Street and Dr Quirkeys.
Council opposes overhead cables on cross-city Luas line - The Irish Times - Mon, Sep 13, 2010
The RPA said it investigated a wire-free option that has been used on trams in Bordeaux in France since 2003. The system uses a third rail embedded in the road between the tram tracks which becomes energised as it hits connectors underneath the tram, but switches off when the tram passes.
However, the RPA said the technology was still new and there were concerns over its robustness, reliability and safety; and it was “substantially” more expensive.
I've been to truely beautiful cities like Vienna,Prague,Amsterdam,Dresden,Budapest and yet they have not had any aesthetic issues with architecture while having overhead wires,as Dublin didn't with the previous tram system.Is this really cost effective for the taxpayer to be investing in this technology that exists only in one city worldwide,on the basis of what the Dublin Civic Trust and Irish Georgian Society objected to overhead wires?