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Monday 24 September 2018

Luas works bring bank holiday hell for Dub fans

Dublin fans outside Croke Park in Dublin.
Dublin fans outside Croke Park in Dublin.

Boys in Blue fans can expect traffic chaos across the city ahead of the important All-Ireland quarter-final clash on the August bank holiday weekend.

The final push to finish ongoing Luas works will see the closure of the south quays from 8pm on Friday, August 4 through to 6am on Saturday August 12 as the road from Burgh Quay to Aston Quay is fully reconstructed.

Leinster champions Dublin will take on Down, Monaghan or Armagh in Croke Park on August 5.

On the same day, Liverpool will play Athletic Bilbao in a friendly, with tickets for the 51,700 Aviva Stadium sold out.

There will be additional closures next Tuesday on both the north and south quays in the immediate approach to O'Connell Bridge.

The full road reconstruction on the south quay is the first to take place there in years.

Grainne Mackin, the director of communications for Luas Cross City, told the Herald that despite diversions, people can still expect to encounter delays.

"Diversions will be in place, but we want to be realistic that there will be delays," she said.

However she said statistics showed that the August bank holiday was the ideal time for such large-scale works, with many people getting out of the city.

Luas Cross City will launch passenger services in December.

Ms Mackin said road users would still be able to travel over O'Connell Bridge, but when travelling from Burgh Quay through to Aston Quay a diversion down D'Olier Street and through College Green would be in place.

Coaches

She assured coach passengers: "We are working with the coaches in terms of where they will now have their pick-ups.

"There is a diversion for them to use. They will still be able to pick up on Burgh Quay and if they usually pick up on Aston Quay we will identify another place for them.

"This is why we are communicating this information so early, so stakeholders can get on to their customers and let them know where they are going to be, where there will be an impact."

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