Monday 11 December 2017

'Unsightly' electricity boxes in Dublin city centre are here to stay

Tourists examining Luas Cabinets in College Green (Image: Ciaran Cuffe)
Tourists examining Luas Cabinets in College Green (Image: Ciaran Cuffe)

Claire Fox

Metal electricity boxes recently erected in Dublin city centre which have sparked backlash won't be going anywhere any time soon, according to Luas Crosscity.

Grainne Menkin, Director of Communications at Luas Crosscity told Independent.ie that their main priority is to get the tram system up and running. She said that they would look into integrating the cabinets "into the street-scape" once the project was completed.

She said: "Our priority is to get the tram system up and running. Drivers are being trained in September, so the countdown is on. We'll consider looking into a way of making them less visually impactful and if we can integrate them into the street-scape once we have the tram up and running in December.

"We need to find a balance between need and minimizing visual impact but if we spent time doing that now it would jeopardise the project. People have been affected by the construction and the disruptions for four years so our priority is to keep on schedule."

Green Party Councillor Ciarán Cuffe has criticised the boxes, which have been "popping up like mushrooms" around the city and said a solution needs to be found to reduce their visual impact.

"I've written to Luas Crosscity about it. They've been popping up like mushrooms in Dublin for the last few months. If other cities have cracked it, why can't we? There's up to 12 on lower Grafton Street. They're very unsightly," said Councillor Cuffe.

Dublin City Council submitted a plan to An Bord Pleanala in May for a proposed pedestrian plaza to be built on College green. If the plan is approved Dublin City Council said that they would look into "relocating" the cabinets.

"As part of the detailed design work for the new College Green Civic Space, the design team will explore the feasibility of alternative methods of accommodating/relocating the remaining utility cabinets."

 Dublin City Council said that two older cabinets on College Green would also soon be removed.

"With the recent installation of the new cabinets on College Green, 2 of the older cabinets, will become redundant and are scheduled for removal over the coming months."

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