We made 41 million trips on the Luas after update

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A TOTAL of 41 million passenger journeys were made in 2018, an 11% jump on the previous year, according to a report due out this week.

The annual report from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) shows passenger growth following the opening of Luas Cross City.

In December 2017, Luas Cross City extended the Luas Green Line from St Stephen’s Green to Broombridge, linking it with the Red Line.

The report shows that passenger traffic on the Green Line rose by 25% last year compared to the previous year, with 20 million journeys on the route.

The two lines combined carried 41.8 million people in 2018, an increase of 11% on the 37.6 million in 2017.

The opening of the extended service caused some initial problems, with one of the main issues being over-crowding on the service.

In its new report, TII has outlined that eight additional trams are being ordered to cater for demand.

Transport Minister Shane Ross has briefed the Cabinet on the report which also looks at the major road and rail projects in 2018.

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