Tuesday 17 October 2017

Luas works have turned Dublin into a 'building site' at Christmas, retailers claim

Luas (stock image)
Luas (stock image)
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Dublin businesses fear that their busiest season will be impacted by Luas works in the city, despite an agreement to stand down the works.

Dublin Chamber of Commerce have hit out at the Luas Cross City Works which they say has left the city like a “building site” in some places.

“Shops have put a lot of effort preparing for Christmas season and the poor state of the works are hampering their ability to maximise that,” Dublin Chamber’s Head of Public Affairs, Graeme McQueen said.

“There is great value to be had in the city centre this Christmas and we must ensure that consumers are able to navigate the city and capitalise on the good deals on offer,” he said.

“To all intents and purposes, many sections of the core city centre still look like building sites. It’s a pity – our main shopping streets, Grafton Street and Henry Street, look fantastic and extremely festive this year and many shops have gone all to make their stores look good.

“However, many areas and streets around the centre look a mess. In areas such as Dawson Street, Nassau Street, Lower Grafton Street and O’Connell Street, for example, it is unclear whether works have stopped or not. This is proving particularly off-putting to consumers and detracting from the family friendly feel that is required at Christmas,” he added.

However, Luas Cross City has said that where work is continuing and where it has stopped was agreed well in advance of the festive season with businesses.

A spokeswoman said where barriers are still in place it is down to health and safety.

“The project is still ongoing and we had to leave everything in a safe state while we were off site,” she added.

Luas works are due to resume in full on January 4.

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