PLANNERS have approved an additional stop on the €380m Luas Cross City line.
There will now be two stations on Dawson Street after An Bord Pleanala gave the green light to a northbound stop.
The Railway Procurement Agency had sought permission for two stops, but just one - on the southside of the street - was approved in August 2012.
However, support from local businesses resulted in the agency seeking a new permission for a second stop, which has now been given the green light.
Transport minister Paschal Donohoe welcomed the decision, saying it would provide additional access to the National Gallery, Trinity College and the National Library.
“It is very welcome news that An Bord Pleanála has ruled to allow for a northbound stop on Dawson Street to be constructed as part of the new line,” he said.
“Luas Cross City is set to see what is an already extremely successful piece of transport infrastructure grow even further, with an additional 10 million journeys expected each year when it comes on stream.
“As provision was already made in the contract for a northbound stop, there will be no additional costs or time added to the project on the back of this decision.”
The new line will run from the Green Line terminus at St. Stephen’s Green through the city centre, Phibsborough and Cabra to Broombridge.
It is expected to open at the end of 2017.