Gardai to travel on Luas Lines during Rail Travel Initiative

By William O'Connor

UP to 50 members of An Garda Síochána will participate in Community Engagement and Safety in Rail Travel Initiative from 3pm today for the remainder of the evening.

Gardai are expected to travel on the Red Luas Line from the City Centre out to Tallaght and Saggart/Citywest, during one of the busiest travel periods of the week.

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The initiative follows engagement between An Garda Síochána, Iarnród Éireann, Transdev (operators of LUAS) and other members of the Rail Safety Advisory Council to support transport operators in ensuring a safe and secure travelling environment for customers. 

It is hoped today’s initiative, focusing on rail-based transport, will be the first of a series.

Members of the force will travel on board DART, LUAS and Commuter rail services from 3pm for the remainder of the evening, and Garda information points will be in place at major Intercity rail stations, to engage with the public and provide general crime prevention tips and assistance.

Superintendent Kevin Daly, coordinating the initiative said “An Garda Síochána is pleased to be working in partnership with Iarnród Éireann and Transdev to deliver crime prevention and community engagement initiatives which will improve confidence in the use of public transport networks. 

This national initiative will facilitate high visibility policing and positive public engagement aimed at achieving our mission of ‘Keeping People Safe’.”

Dervla Brophy, Communications Manager, Transdev, Luas operator said; "Luas has an excellent working relationship with the Gardaí and we welcome today’s Garda initiative.

The ongoing relationship we have with the Gardaí daily is invaluable. Whether its responding to a service disruption, accident, community or public event – we find the support of the Gardaí excellent."

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