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Tuesday 23 October 2018

Bus route changes to ease congestion in College Green

Council leader Owen Keegan
Council leader Owen Keegan

A number of Dublin Bus services will be rerouted to ease traffic congestion in College Green, says the National Transport Authority (NTA).

The city council's chief executive, Owen Keegan, has been working hard to push through the changes to make it easier for the long-awaited Luas Cross City to pass Trinity College.

The changes mean some buses will now avoid congested College Green altogether.

The changes will see nine Xpresso services rerouted away from the busy plaza.

Affected

The move will also see changes to some bus stop locations, said the NTA.

Some of the affected services will be routed away from D'Olier Street, College Street and College Green through Hawkins Street, Townsend Street and Westland Row.

Meanwhile, a further eight buses - 25, 25a, 25b, 25d, 37, 39, 39a and 70 - which currently run through College Street and Westmoreland Street, will now use Tara Street and Burgh Quay.

However, it is understood that no bus stops will be affected by these changes.

The NTA said it will consider further changes should they be deemed necessary.

"To alleviate these delays, the NTA has been working with Dublin Bus and Dublin City Council to explore measures that could facilitate a more effective movement of public transport services through the College Green area," said the NTA.

"This is in advance of the determination by An Bord Pleanala on the proposals for the College Green Plaza project."

The council had hoped a decision to go ahead with a civic plaza in College Green would have been made in time for the launch of the Luas Cross City.

Delayed

However, a decision to hold a hearing on the matter has delayed this.

Mr Keegan has insisted on a number of occasions that interim measures were needed to help facilitate movement.

New, longer trams are also due to be in place by the end of February, which will take further time to pass through.

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