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College Green traffic plan to remain in place for Christmas

Monday, 20th November, 2017 1:00pm
College Green traffic plan to remain in place for Christmas

The new look College Green as envisaged by planners.

College Green traffic plan to remain in place for Christmas

The new look College Green as envisaged by planners.

TRAFFIC control measures currently in place at College Green will remain over the Christmas period, Dublin City Council said last week.

The council said this will help facilitate ‘Operation Open City’ which aims to keep public transport moving during the run up to the festive season.

The council made the announcement as it revealed that a further period of public consultation will take place on its proposals for the development of College Green as a civic plaza.

This follows the submission of further information requested by An Bord Pleanála regarding the effects of the proposed development on the environment and the impact of the ancillary traffic management measures required. 

The further submission from Dublin City Council includes an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) and contains significant additional data, hence the decision to engage in further consultation.

The public consultation process started on November 16 and will run for a three-week period.

Submissions or further observations in relation to the further information may be made in writing to An Bord Pleanála by December 7

Details will be available for inspection at An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 and at Dublin City Council’s Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 and on its website. 

Dublin City Council is proposing to develop College Green as a pedestrian priority civic space to significantly improve the quality of the city’s public realm.

 The design for an attractive tree-lined, granite paved 7,300 sq metre space will facilitate major public gatherings and processional events through the city.

It will have the capacity to accommodate up to 15,000 people and will be fully equipped with the infrastructure required to stage large public events.

In the meantime, bus services which were diverted away from College Green during the Luas works will continue to use their current routes until the New Year when they will begin to change to using Lower Grafton Street. 

The existing restriction on taxis using lower Grafton Street in a northbound direction will remain in place. 

It is anticipated by Dublin City Council that additional measures will have to be introduced to reduce east-west traffic levels in the College Green area.

However, this requirement will be assessed in the New Year as the increase in bus numbers in Lower Grafton Street and the introduction of longer trams starts to take place. 

Pedestrian waiting times will also be addressed as the testing of the Luas trams and the change in layout at College Green has already resulted in longer waiting times at the traffic light crossings.

It is hoped waiting times will be restored to what they were to ensure a freer flow of pedestrians.

Dublin City Council and the NTA are also investigating the best way in which to facilitate two-way cycling in the segregated cycling track alongside the Bank of Ireland, given that College Green has not been closed to east-west traffic.

 

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