Thursday 26 April 2018

Gridlock warning as Luas works clash with sporting events

Jurgen Klopp Picture: AFP/Getty
Jurgen Klopp Picture: AFP/Getty

Gavin White

It is going to be "impossible to get around" Dublin city centre this weekend, as Luas works clash with a busy sporting calendar.

Those travelling around Dublin will face significant disruptions as ongoing Luas Cross City works will cause the closure of the south city quays at O'Connell Bridge.

Liverpool will be playing Atheltic Bilbao in the Aviva while Croke Park plays host to a number of matches today, tomorrow and on Monday, including the All Ireland quarter-final between Dublin and Monaghan.

Dublin city councillor Gary Gannon said it was a "shocking decision" to plan the works for this weekend.

"It's going to be impossible to get around to be honest. I'll be walking into town from Glasnevin.

"My only advice would be to leave the car at home and use public transport, but walking remains the best way of getting around," he told the Irish Independent.

Green Party councillor Ciarán Cuffe urged people to "look at their public transport options" and leave the car at home.

"It's a case of no pain, no gain. It's going to be a tough few days with the games on but we've tried to plan it so it's not overly disruptive," Cllr Cuffe said.

However, he added that the works will provide a "huge improvement to public transport links" once completed.

"There's going to be a lot of traffic but we're going to do our best to minimise the disruption to people," he said.

Jurgen Klopp will take his Liverpool side to a sold-out Aviva Stadium today to face Spanish side Bilbao and people are advised to use public transport or walk to the match from the city centre.

There is a kick-off time of 5.15pm for the friendly clash.

Liverpool and Bilbao fans are advised to take the M50 southbound to Junction 14 and use Leopardstown Road, Brewery Road and Stillorgan Road to access the Aviva Stadium.

GAA fans heading to Croke Park are advised to Take M50 northbound to Junction 3, and use Swords Road or Dublin Tunnel to access Croke Park.

The College Green public transport corridor will temporarily be rescinded and will reopen for private cars for the duration of the works until Saturday, August 12.

O'Connell Bridge will remain open to northbound and southbound traffic - but those travelling west will be directed onto D'Olier Street and then onto College Green.

Full depth road construction at Aston Quay and Burgh Quay will lead to road closures.

There will be smaller works on the north side of the Liffey at Bachelor's Walk and Ormond Quay's Walk.

This construction will replace the temporary road surfaces with new resurfaced carriageways.

Irish Independent

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