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Monday 11 December 2017

Traffic fears as DIT gates stay closed

Residents living around the new DIT campus at Grangegorman in north Dublin say there will be gridlock on local roads unless two promised new entrances are opened before students arrive in September.

The row has blown up at the site of the former St Brendan's hospital ahead of the arrival of 1,000 of the expected 20,000 students.

Grangegorman Residents Alliance says the opening of an entrance off Prussia Street and a second one off Constitution Hill before the students move on to the site was agreed as part of the planning permission for the development.

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But the Grangegorman Development Agency now says the new entrance gates will not be open on time and students will instead use gates at the North Circular Road or Grangegorman Lower.

The alliance has lodged a complaint with Dublin City Council and has said it will consider legal action or blocking the campus unless the situation is resolved.

The council is investigating the complaint, but said the east and west entrances are outside the area governed by the planning scheme.

It also said land ownership issues had arisen in relation to the Prussia Street and Constitution Hill gates.

The Broadstone Gate was to be the main entrance for cars, pedestrians and cyclists as well as a stop for the new Luas Cross City line.

But a local garage withdrew consent for the demolition of a building and the council had to re-work the plans which have only recently been approved.

The western entrance at Prussia Street involves lands that are in private ownership, and an agreement has yet to be reached on their sale.

A spokesman for the council said it was looking into the complaint from the alliance and will evaluate the situation on September 1.

A spokesman for the development agency told the Herald that it was in complete compliance with all planning permission granted by Dublin City Council.

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