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Improvements on Grafton Street. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Improvements on Grafton Street. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Improvements on Grafton Street. Photo: Doug O'Connor

TRADERS and shoppers on Grafton Street are in for a summer of disruption as a €2.5m revamp gets under way.

The repaving of the shopping street is due to start in two weeks' time, on May 27.

It will be the street's first makeover for more than 20 years.

Both Henry Street and O'Connell Street have been repaved in the past decade.

The brick-paved surface on Grafton Street was originally laid in the mid-1980s, but it has suffered badly in recent years.

The proposal to replace the existing surface of Grafton Street will see the entire street dug up and relaid with grey and pink granite.

The replacement of the red bricks is in keeping with the existing paving on Henry Street and O'Connell Street.

The scheme was given the green light by planners as it was deemed to be consistent with the Dublin City Development Plan.

When finished, the project is expected to greatly improve the appearance of the route – but some local traders will be dismayed at the extent of the disruption.

 

Disruption

The council has proposed a series of measures to maintain access and movement through the district.

But this will not be the only project set to cause disruption to the area.

In July, the first phase of the Luas link-up works will get under way, and will continue until 2017.

The project will join the green line at St Stephen's Green with the red line near O'Connell Street.

Dublin City Council has confirmed that there will be an overlap of construction work between the two projects, but said it will do all it can to accommodate shoppers and businesses in the area at that time.

In relation to the Luas works, a council spokesman said: "The main construction of Luas works will not commence for two years, the initial works will involve filling in cellars and relocating underground services.

"Closures will be kept to a minimum and access to laneways will be maintained at all times."

The cross-city link of the tram system will cost €282m and is expected to create 800 jobs during its construction. The extensive works will include an extension to Broombridge train station.

fdillon@herald.ie


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