After 4 years of works, there is only a week to go until the new Luas Cross City route comes into operation.
The latest phase of the Luas will extend the existing Green Line, from St. Stephen’s Green out to Cabra, with a single journey taking just 21 minutes.
The €368 million project will also allow for an additional 10 million passenger journeys per year.
Dublin Chamber's Head of Public Affairs Graeme McQueen states that it is an exciting time for the business community in the capital.
"It's been a long four years for retailers and all users of the city centre, but this opens up a whole world of opportunities in terms of getting people to re-engage with the city centre."
"That's really important ahead of Christmas. Hopefully a lot of people are going to come in and use Luas Cross City for the first time and make that first journey on what is a really exciting new line for the city."
Retailers are hopeful the new route will lead to a fruitful Christmas shopping season.
It was also announced yesterday that kids aged 5 and under will also be able to ride the tram free of charge.
Mr. McQueen believes families will be enticed into the city as a result of both initiatives.
"For all retailers in the city centre, we have a lot of hope for this Christmas with the Luas Cross city coming on stream and town is looking fantastic."
"We are hoping that this offer of free travel for kids will entice families to come in and enjoy everything that is on offer in Dublin City Centre this Christmas."