Responding to the news that the operators of the Luas are marketing cables, bridges, stops and other infrastructure on the light rail network to telecoms operators, Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has suggested that all semi-State transport companies should take a similar approach.
“This is an innovative move by the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA), which is expected to yield significant sums for the company. The RPA says the Luas infrastructure has the potential to support the delivery of a range of communication and wireless services, particularly as it penetrates busy parts of the city.
“So why should we stop with the Luas? I think that other State-supported agencies and transport networks should undertake an audit to find out if there is any benefit to be had in a coordinated approach in marketing their infrastructure potential to telecoms operators.
“Consider the potential that exists in the Irish Rail network, for example, which links almost every major town and city in the country. What the RPA are doing with the Luas infrastructure is fantastic, and we should now be looking at how it can be replicated elsewhere.
“Ultimately, this adds to the value of our transport infrastructure and could result in some significant benefits for consumers. If transport companies can generate significant revenues from engaging with telecoms providers, there is no reason this couldn’t result in lower fares for hard-pressed commuters.”