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New Grafton St paving to take four years

The repaving of Grafton Street will take up to four years to complete, it has been claimed.

The project may not even be finished until 2016 as it will be coordinated with Metro North.

Dublin City Council and the Dublin City Business Association (DCBA) have set the wheels in motion for the new look to the pedestrianised area.

But DCBA chief executive Tom Coffey said some of the delay was down to Metro North since works will be taking place in St Stephen's Green for the new rail link.

"It'll take at least three to four years to do the Grafton Street area, and we'll have to manage the city over the next nine years. All of our submissions have stated that we would prefer all of the work to be finished by 2016," he explained.

"There is a big coordination job to be done between the Grafton Street works and the Metro North works."

The repaving of Grafton Street will be included in a complete overhaul of the areas around George's Street and Grafton Street, but the city's most expensive thoroughfare may not be first on the list of streets to be done.



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"We would be aiming for the work on the area project to be starting in 2011, but that doesn't mean that the paving of Grafton Street will start in 2011. Our preference is to do Clarendon Street first with full paving," he added.

An Bord Pleanala concluded a hearing into Metro North this March and it is expected to make a decision in August, and plans for the Grafton Street revamp won't be kickstarted until its decision is reached.

The shopping street has been littered with for sale, to let, and closing down sale signs recently, as big names such as Tie Rack, Warehouse and O'Brien's sandwich shop have all closed in the recession.

Mr Coffey is adamant that minimal disruption will be imposed on businesses.

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