— Council says measures needed to keep buses and trams running.
— Extra bus lanes to be added to north and south quays.
— Council officials, not councillors, will have final say on the plans.
Bus and tram priority measures are planned for Dublin’s quays between the Four Courts and Liberty Hall — the measures include new bus lanes and restricting access on Eden Quay to buses, taxis, bicycles and pedestrians.
Dublin City Council has issued a report on project ahead of the Dublin City transport committee meeting on Thursday.
The report warns: “Without any actions to reduce traffic on the North and South quays, then the operation of public transport and general traffic with the Luas will mean long delays for all modes and exacerbate the already congested area. It will mean air quality will deteriorate and the environment quality for walking and cycling will be much reduced.”
The council said that when Luas is running that trams are expected to run every 3 minutes in each direction, with 40 trams per hour. This will mean there will be a tram crossing the River Liffey every 90 seconds, which will stop traffic on both the north and south quays.
The trams using the Green line extension across the Liffey will be 53 meters long, the report states that “This means that a tram cannot stop on either O’Connell Bridge or the Rosie Hackett Bridge, otherwise it will block either the South or North Quays.”
The traffic management measures will also address chronic bus delays on Bachelor’s Walk, which is described as the “number 1 delay location for Dublin Bus services across the entire network”.
The council said it will commence non statutory public consultation under Section 37 of the Roads Traffic Act 1994, for a 6 week period beginning this Monday, February 27.
The report states: “It is proposed that [the measures] are introduced in August 2017 to allow for the changes to have a period of time to ‘bed down’ and to facilitate the beginning of trial running and testing of trams in that month.” Trams are expected to be fully operational by December.
The reports notes that funding to carry out the works has been allocated by the National Transport Authority under their Sustainable Transport Measures Grants programme.The project includes the following measures:
- Bus, taxi, and bicycles only on both Eden Quay and the turn from Bachelor’s Walk to O’Connell Bridge, meaning private motorised traffic on Bachelor’s Walk will only be able to turn left onto O’Connell Street.
- New bus lane and bus stops (ie double bus lane) on north quays (Ormond Quay and Bachelors Walk), with a reduction of general traffic lanes from two lanes to one lane from Millennium bridge.
- New bus lane and bus stops (ie double bus lane) on south quays (Aston Quay and Wellington Quay), with a reduction of general traffic lanes from two lanes to one lane.
- New bus lane on Winetavern Street, with a reduction of general traffic lanes from three to two.
The project includes limited sections of cycle lanes and does not include the Liffey Cycle Route, but the transport committee meeting on Thursday is also due to include an update on that route.
Consultants have given the council the view that an Environmental Impact Assessment report is not needed for bus and tram project. The council’s report can be read here.
The following drawings are from the council’s report.
KEY: Yellow = planned bus lane; Oranage = planned cycle lane; aqua= existing bus lane; Red = bus stop; Purple = loading; Green = Luas tracks; Light blue = parking.
Ormond Quay Upper and Wood Quay:
Close up of Ormond Quay Upper:
Ormond Quay Lower and Wellington Quay:
Ormond Quay Lower close up at Jervis Street:
UPDATED: The report also includes other data including volumes of bicycles, private traffic, taxis and buses currently flowing around Eden Quay: