Luas works will bring major delays, motorists are warned
Dublin motorists can expect major disruptions to their daily commutes as workers begin laying track for the €368m Luas Cross City line.
The National Transport Authority said that traffic would be reduced to one lane on some of the city's key arteries with major works to take place on O'Connell Street, College Green, Dawson Street, Hawkins Street and D'Olier Street this month and next.
Motorists will also be forbidden from travelling through College Green between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Friday, from next Monday morning.
The route will only be open to buses, taxis and cyclists. This is to allow construction works to continue on Westmoreland Street and College Street, which includes erecting overhead wires and laying track.
Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe acknowledged that problems would arise, but said that the long-term gain would be significant.
"This stage of the project is going to cause inconvenience and difficulties and I want to acknowledge that. The reason all this work is being done is to radically improve the level of public transport we have in our city," he said.
"The city will be very much open for business. We're going to take every step possible to ensure the levels of inconvenience are kept to a minimum.
"Luas Cross City, when it's opened and operational, will be another really important contributor to Dublin really doing well and also improving the ability of people to move around Dublin."
The 5.6km Luas Cross City will link the Red and Green lines, and add another 10 million passenger journeys a year, up from 30 million at present.
It is hoped that the number of cars in the city centre will be reduced dramatically.