MOTORISTS will avoid a lengthy detour around the southside of the capital from November when new traffic arrangements come into force around St Stephen's Green.
Dublin City Council is introducing two main changes which will affect up to 20,000 motorists a day.
From late November, motorists travelling around the Green via the east side will no longer have to detour via Dawson Street and Kildare Street to access Merrion Row and Merrion Square - instead, they can take a right hand turn opposite the Shelbourne Hotel.
The second change will allow motorists travelling down Leeson Street to continue along St Stephen's Green south, and take a right hand turn onto the east of the green, providing access to car parks.
The works are needed because the main construction works are due to begin on the Luas Cross City line later this year.
Other changes include new cycle lanes, pedestrian crossings and dublinbikes stations. The works are being funded by the National Transport Authority.
The changes will be permanent, Dublin City Council director of traffic Michael Phillips told independent.ie.
"The scheme will benefit all road users and will also minimise any unnecessary disruptions during the Luas works and integrate the Luas into the city's traffic management."
Luas Cross City, which links the existing red and green lines, is expected to be operational from the end of 2017.