It's been four years since work on the Luas Cross City began, but this weekend Dubliners will see the first trams travelling the new line. They won't be carrying passengers, as testing will continue for a number of months.
From 7am this Saturday, two trams will slowly travel the line between St. Stephen's Green, College Green and over to O'Connell St. On Sunday, trams will travel the line between Broadstone and Cabra, so that a full range of tests, measurements and checks can be carried out by engineers.
Tram testing will continue across the Summer, and the public are being asked to be aware of trams running in areas that they are not normally used to seeing them in. It is expected the new route will bring an additional ten million people into capital each year.
The news that the line is ready to undergo testing is being welcomed by retailers, with the business group DublinTown claiming that research has shown that 44% of Dubliners "are more likely to visit the city once the new Luas line is operating."
Richard Guiney, the CEO of DublinTown, said "Businesses can't wait to see this much-needed transport system passing by their premises."
"We look forward to getting a glimpse of how the new system will look and work during these test runs. It's an exciting time for the city", he added.