A long-awaited revamp of Dublin’s Liffey Street — which has one of Ireland’s highest footfalls — to get underway in the New Year.
The work includes Liffey Street from Henry Street to Ormond Quay and Bachelor’s Walk. The project construction is to start in the second week of January 2023 and is expected to take two years, with a completion date of “end-2024”.
The street, which handles up to 30,000 pedestrians and 2,500 vehicles per day, will continue to provide for delivery access to all sections of the street. The middle section will be improved with wider footpaths but will remain a through-traffic access route for the area. Only the lower 50 metres of the street is to become a plaza (see map).
The project drawings show two benches and bicycle parking racks on the footpaths in the already highly-congested middle section of the street, but only three public benches on the plaza section. There will also be two electronic advertisement display panels in the plaza area.
Two local councillors took to Twitter to welcome news of progress and respond to the new artist’s impressions and drawings published on Dublin City Council’s website.
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Cllr Janet Horner (Green Party) said: “Great to see the inclusion of greenery, not delighted by the advertising boards in the middle of the footpath, and a missing an opportunity to include public seating.”
Ray McAdam (FG) said: “Pleased to confirm that construction work on the #LiffeyStreet pedestrianisation initiative will begin in the second week of January.”
You can find more details on the project’s website.