Saturday 1 October 2016

Cars and buses to be banned from large section of Dublin's College Green under radical new plans

Laura Larkin

Published 08/02/2016 | 16:21

Photo: Dublin City Council
Photo: Dublin City Council

CARS and buses are due to be banned from a large swathe of College Green under radical new plans for a public plaza.

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Plans drawn up for the city centre area by Dublin City Council (DCC) in a bid to accommodate the Luas cross city have been described as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” by council officials.

The proposed plaza will stretch from Trinity College to Church Lane, covering some 3,500 square metres.

There will be no through traffic at all on the plaza and the council have said they are in discussions with the NTA and Dublin Bus for a new bus corridor system that will travel north to south in the city.

Under the new plans there is a two way cycle track that will travel from Trinity College and Bank of Ireland.

The new Luas and bus lanes will travel along by Trinity College onto lower Grafton Street and management will also allow taxis to use this corridor to assess how it works.

Declan Wallace, a senior council executive, said that the plans were “fairly large, interesting and exciting”.

Planners were sent back to the drawing board in December when the first scheme for College Green in December was rejected by councillors over concerns about the provision of cycling facilities and plans to relocate monuments also caused friction among city councillors.

The proposals presented for the first time today were broadly welcomed by councillors sitting on the south east area committee.

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