Monday 19 February 2018

Weekend Luas works to hit O’Connell Street

The new Luas cross city line.
The new Luas cross city line.

By Cormac Murphy

Traffic on O'Connell Street will be restricted this weekend to allow for works relating to the new Luas cross city line.

The north and southbound carriageways will be reduced to a single lane at certain points.

Restrictions will begin at 8pm on Saturday and continue until 5am on Monday.

The Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) is also devising a traffic plan for next month when further disruption can be expected.

Eircom is installing a large chamber structure on the corner of Abbey Street and O'Connell Street as part of the utility works and diversions will be in place.

This weekend, the northbound carriageway either side of the Abbey Street junction and another section close to Parnell Street will be reduced to one lane.

A stretch of road on the southbound side in front of the Gresham Hotel will also be cut to one lane, and the turn-off from O'Connell Street into Cathal Brugha Street will be closed.

Meanwhile, a planning application seeking approval to build a Luas cross-city stop in Dawson Street is to be lodged within days.

The railway order application will be submitted to An Bord Pleanala at the end of this month, said Gerry Murphy, chief executive of the National Transport Authority (NTA).

A stop in Dawson Street near the entrance to Royal Hibernian Way has already been refused, but the RPA wants one outside the Hodges Figgis bookshop.

In a presentation to the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Mr Murphy said the European Investment Bank has provided a €150m loan for the cross-city project, which will link the Red and Green tram lines and provide a service to Cabra.

He also said the NTA is "studying all options" for serving the "fast-growing Fingal local authority area and its main town of Swords".

He said: "We have just commissioned a major engineering review of bus, light rail and heavy rail options."

The NTA is also reviving the Dart Underground project.

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