— Wider plaza with two-way cycle path planned
— Buses and taxis to be allowed to follow Luas tracks
Dublin City Council now plans to provide segregated two-way space for cycling leading up to a street-wide plaza on College Green, while buses and taxis wI’ll follow the north-south Luas tram tracks at the eastren edge of the plaza.
Only people walking and cycling will be able to go east-west on College Green. The new plaza layout removes a large percentage of the major bus-tram-pedestrian traffic light conflicts.
At a local area committee this afternoon, Fine Gael, Labour, Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and Green Party councillors welcomed the design. Councillors were surprised but very welcoming of the draft design which was presented to them.
Buses and taxis will now not be banned, as previously reported (wrongly reported in the case of buses), but will only be able to follow the two-way Luas route. The plan could be implemented at the start of next year, in line with works on the Luas Cross City project.
A city official told councillors that the cycle route (outlined in red) is not shown within the plaza as this detail will be up to the designers of the plaza — as councillors questioned the lack of cycle path in the plaza, traffic and transport officials confirmed that this area is yet to be designed. The design of the plaza is to be tendered for internationally.
A number of councillors highlighted how the cycle path should be continued across the plaza and how shared use does not work.
The monuments on College Green are to be retained and not moved as previously planned. Loading arrangements are to be confirmed.
Officals stressed that the Dame Street section of the images (shown below) are — along with the rest of the plan — is at draft stage.