95% of College Green Plaza submissions so-far favour pedestrianising more of Dame St

— Two-way cycle path could run on south side of plaza.

So-far 95% of submissions on new proposes for a College Green Plaza show support for an extended plaza onto Dame Street as far as its junction with George’s Street.

Dublin City Council said on its public consultation page that following the unsuccessful application to An Bord Pleanála in 2018, it has learned from its series of trial traffic-free trials in “reviewing the previous proposal and in preparing a number of new options”.

The council is currently consulting on two of the options — 3 and 4.

On its website, it said that that Option 3 “increases the area of pedestrianisation and removes all bus requirements from the Scheme. The main pedestrianised area would be the Core Plaza, with improved public realm provision on Dame Street. This option provides vehicular access for deliveries and to car parks and a two way protected cycle track.”

While option 4 is “similar to Option 3 but vehicular access for deliveries would only be allowed up to 11:00 to Dame Street east of Georges Street, this allows considerable opportunity for public realm improvements as the space is traffic free after 11:00 with a two way cycle
track.”

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Concept art: Option 3 and Option 4 looking from South Great George’s Street towards College Green:

 

On buses the council said that BusConnects now has few buses using Dame Street and an option to fully remove buses from the section of the street leading onto College Green.

In a report attached to the consultation page, the council said: “In September 2020, the National Transport Authority published the final version of the Bus Connects Network Redesign which proposes to significantly reduce the numbers of routes and buses in the College Green area. In addition the Bus Connects Network Redesign includes an option and a network map with buses rerouted out of College Green and Dame Street (between Anglesea Street and South Great George’s Street).”

It added: “As the relocation of bus routes and bus stops was a significant issue in the 2018 College Green planning decision, the Council is being informed by the Bus Connects Network Redesign in further developing proposals for the area. The removal of buses from this area as part of the Bus Connects Network, once College Green is traffic free, would create an opportunity to significantly improve the public realm along Dame Street between South Great George’s Street and Anglesea Street, as part of the College Green Plaza project.”

The public consultation opened November 5 and is due to close on January 15, 2021. Details can be found at consultation.dublincity.ie, where a survey can be filled out.

 

Cian Ginty
I am editor of IrishCycle.com and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started CyclingInDublin.com for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.
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