Luas construction traffic disruptions revealed
MOTORISTS have been given details of the first changes which will be introduced to keep traffic moving during construction of the new Luas line in Dublin.
Changes to driving routes in the southside of the capital will be introduced from November, but further changes will arise between now and 2017.
Details of the changes, which will affect 20,000 motorists a day, have been released by Dublin City Council. The main alterations will arise on St Stephen's Green, Kildare Street and Dawson Street in November, and will be permanent.
There are two major changes on the roads around St Stephen's Green.
The first is at the west end of the green, where motorists will be able to loop around towards the shopping centre for a short distance, in order to access car parking.
The second change is at the junction with Merrion Row, where a right-hand turn twoards Baggot Street will allow motorists an alternative route to directly access Merrion Square, or head on towards the northside of the city.
While the parallel route through Dawson Street will remain open, some 60pc of traffic will be removed.
Council spokesman Brendan O'Brien said the changes were needed to keep the city open during construction works.
The existing streets will remain open, but these measures are designed to move cars away from where they don't need to be."
The €380m Luas Cross City project will connect the existing green and red lines through the city centre, travelling down Dawson Street and onwards through Westmoreland Street and O'Connell Street before terminating at Broombridge, near Cabra.
It is expected to be operational by 2017.
Other changes to be introduced during construction works include a one-way system between College Green and the bottom of Dawson Street and restrictions on Westmoreland Street, O'Connell Street and Dominic Street, but they will not be introduced until next year at the earliest.