Work starts on Winetavern Street contra-flow bus lane and part-protection of cycle lane

A long-planned contra-flow bus lane on Winetavern Street is now under construction between the quays and Christchurch, to allow for the BusConnects D and G spines which are due to launch soon.

The project will include a partly-protected with-flow cycle lane on Winetavern Street in the northbound direction.

The drawings, which were posted online, are low-resolution, but, of what is shown, the details seems to indicate around 50 metres of the 200 metre cycle lane will be interrupted. The drawing also shows a significantly narrowed cycle lane on Winetavern Street where it approaches the junction of Cook Street.

According to the drawings, the contra-flow bus lane will not be marked with bicycle logos.

The project includes a new bus stop installed along the uphill cycle lane at Nicholas Street.

Despite guidance outlining how slip turns should be removed for safety and accessibility reasons, the slip turn from Nicholas Street to High Street is to be retained.

Dublin City Council said: “As part of BusConnects Network redesign a new contraflow bus lane on Winetavern St is to be installed to facilitate the D spine (connecting Clongriffin to Crumlin/Clondalkin/Tallaght) and the G spine (connecting Spencer Dock with the Red Cow Luas Stop/Liffey Valley). The introduction of this new lane will assist with bus services throughout the city centre. The Winetavern St contraflow bus lane will provide a new link from the north side of the city to the south side of the city.”

A request to Dublin City Council today for higher-resolution drawings was not responded to before the publication of this article.

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