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Crowd of people on Grafton street in Dublin, Ireland

Crowd of people on Grafton street in Dublin, Ireland

Crowd of people on Grafton street in Dublin, Ireland

LARGE parts of the capital's premier shopping street will be dug up over the next 18 months as repaving works are under way.

Dublin City Council plans to begin replacing the brickwork on Grafton Street in just three weeks' time. The works will be completed in November 2014.

The street was paved with the distinctive red brick in 1988, but footfall from thousands of shoppers and pedestrians every day over the years since then means that it has now become uneven and tired.

The cost of replacing the brick is believed to be about €2.2m.

The first phase of the works will begin on the section of the street between South King Street and Chatham Street.

Pedestrians and shoppers will still be able to access the area during the works and all businesses will remain open.

However, there will be some restrictions on vehicles and changes to delivery schedules for local businesses.

The first phase is expected to be completed at the end of August.

"The overall improvement project for Grafton Street will take place in a series of phases in order to minimise disruption to businesses and the public," the council said.

It added: "The improvements will continue until November, with a cessation of works to facilitate the Christmas and New Year shopping periods. Works will recommence in January 2014 and continue until November 2014."

The works will mean there is 20pc less space on Grafton Street for deliveries, and the council has urged companies to spend as little time as possible on the street.

If deliveries to businesses are taking longer than expected, then a 30-minute maximum loading time limit may be introduced.

Irish Independent