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Last Saturday saw the opening of a new section of Dublin’s light rail system. A 4 km branch line extension has been added and runs between the existing Belgard stop and Saggart Village. It contains five new stops. Two of the stops contain park and ride facilities. I went along on the free open day to try it out. First impressions were excellent, the trams were very clean, frequent and two new park and ride facilities are available. It was really nice to see that a celebration event was held by Luas to mark the opening. This was held adjacent to the line close to City West Shopping Centre. Also every new stop had face painters and clowns on hand along with free gifts, balloons and sweets for all users. Its a pity this isn’t done more often for the opening of new pieces of infrastructure. Recent sections of motorway have been opened with very little fanfare.