Work on the €6.5 million Liffey Street Public Realm Improvement Scheme has started — part of the project includes the pedestrianisation of a small section of the street close to the quays.
The Dublin City Council includes revamping the paving of the full street from Henery Street to the quay and wider footpaths in the central section of the street, which will still include access for motorists. The project will also include new greenery and extra bicycle parking.
The council said that they anticipate that the project will take 24 months to complete, with work progressing onto Lower Liffey Street in the summer of 2023.
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Caroline Conroy (Green Party) said: “I am delighted to see work beginning on this project. Liffey Street provides an important link between the north and south city-centre shopping and tourist areas. I am particularly looking forward to seeing the new pedestrian plaza when it’s finished.”
She added: “Along with the decision to make Capel St traffic-free and with new plans due soon for College Green, it’s really exciting to see pedestrians being put at the heart of city life.”
The council’s head of its Roads Section, Dermot Collins said, “The Liffey Street Public Realm Improvement Scheme design places a strong emphasis on pedestrians and when completed will create a quality pedestrian plaza, located between Strand Street and the Quays.”
He said: “The construction works will include a full upgrade of the asphalt carriageway, widening and repaving of footpaths and an extension of the existing pedestrian area on Liffey Street Upper to the intersection with Abbey Street.”