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Petrol station dispute stops Luas project in its tracks

A MULTI-million-euro plan to extend the Luas on the northside has been stopped in its tracks by a row over a petrol station.

City authorities have been dealt an enormous blow after councillors blocked plans to relocate a Maxol station in order to pave the way for the new BXD Luas track.

Dublin City Council and the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) want to demolish the station – located on Constitution Hill – in order to extend the Luas from St Stephen's Green to Broombridge in Cabra.

BACKLASH

The authorities had struck a deal with the owners of the garage, which would have seen it relocated to a new site 8km away on the Oscar Traynor Road in Santry.

The move is seen as essential as the station occupies a site that is on the proposed Luas route. However, the plan sparked a furious backlash from residents and families of children who attended Gaelscoil Cholmcille – which is just 100 metres from the proposed new site for the petrol station on the Oscar Traynor Road.

More than 150 people protested outside City Hall on Monday night – and their efforts were rewarded after councillors shelved the plan to relocate the station.

Acting City Manager Phillip Maguire had warned that rejecting the plan would cause the Luas project to be "stopped in its tracks".

While council and transport officials are now scurrying to save the project, parents with children attending the Gaelscoil on the Oscar Traynor Road have described the vote as a "massive victory".

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