— “No available space at the Dawson Street junction to safely accommodate eastbound cyclists” says National Transport Authority.
Luas Cross City work is centered around not block access to car parks, but the same can’t be said about the major area of bicycle parking dotted around the St Stephen’s Green end of Grafton Street.
Shoppers using bicycles have complained about the lack of access from the bottom Grafton Street to Dawson Street as they claim there is enough space to pass on the street. However, the Luas project team claim there is no space at the junction of Dawson Street.
Sara Morris, a spokeswoman for the NTA, said: “Works are underway at the junction of St Stephen’s Green North and Dawson Street to lay the new Luas tracks through this junction. Arising from the extent of the works, it has been necessary to limit road carriageway movement on the St Stephen’s Green North axis through this junction, to one lane only in the westbound direction.”
She added: “Accordingly, all eastbound movements along the section of St Stephen’s Green North between Grafton Street and Dawson Street have had to be prohibited while the current phase of works is on-going at the junction with Dawson Street. This restriction includes cyclists, as there is no available space at the Dawson Street junction to safely accommodate eastbound cyclists.”