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LUAS to be extended, integrated

Work on constructing an extension to the LUAS train/tram line in Dublin is to begin next May. The Irish government has approved the updated business plan for the €370 million project The BXD line will run from the city center to the Irish Rail stop at Broombridge on Dublin's northside and will also link the existing Red and Green lines. Up to 800 jobs are expected to be created during the building phase, with a further 60 permanent jobs when the project is completed in late 2017, the Irish Independent reported.

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"This is an important step for the Luas BXD project, which will link up the existing Luas lines and give Dublin an integrated commuter rail network for the first time," said Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar.

"The two Luas lines should have been joined up years ago. It's a privilege for me as minister for transport to be able to finish the job," Mr. Varadkar said.