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Bike scheme should be extended to theatre - TD

CALLS have been made to extend the Dublin bike scheme to the new multi-million euro Grand Canal Theatre.

Dublin City Council recently announced that it is to add a series of new bike stations around the capital but none will service the redeveloped Grand Canal Dock area.

The site has become a significant tourist attraction and hotspot for Dubliners since receiving an expensive facelift that included the opening of the €80m theatre.

Tens of thousands of spectators have already filed through its doors since March for acts including the Russian State Ballet, Ronan Keating and Rufus Wainwright.

However, the upmarket location has not made it on to the list of areas to benefit from the extension of the hugely successful bike scheme.

Instead, the council officials have opted to locate new stations in Charlemont Place, Eccles Street, Harcourt Terrace and Smithfield.

Dublin South East TD Chris Andrews has now called on the council to reconsider the position of new stations.

"Given the number of people living in the area, the new theatre and many new offices, it is an obvious place for one -- particularly considering that there are two stations in Charlemont Place and Harcourt Terrace which are very close to each other," he told the Herald.

"Perhaps it is a case of a simple oversight by the council but the Docklands is one of Dublin's most vibrant and expanding areas, and it is important that it is catered for under this scheme," he said.

The Fianna Fail TD has written to City Manager John Tierney asking him to ensure that the Docklands area is brought into the plan.

The value of the expansion is estimated at €6.6m.