Dublin’s College Green is set to be pedestrianised – and cars restricted throughout the city – under plans to reopen the city centre as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
A joint report from Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan and Brendan O’Brien of its traffic department said “the same level of vehicular traffic cannot be accommodated in the city as before”, and in a number of locations “motorised vehicles” would have to banned after 11am each day….
If Covid can produce a few more of these miracles it might have to get a vote for canonisation.
Car bans and pedestrianised College Green part of radical Covid-19 plan to re-open Dublin (Irish Times)
Graphic: Dublin City Council
College Green, Dublin 2 (late 19th century)
Rob Cross writes:
My restored and colourised late 1800s photo of College Green in Dublin City with the statue of William of Orange on his horse which was erected in 1701. King Billy was badly damaged in an explosion in 1928 and removed in 1929….
Old Dublin Town tweetz:
Photo from the 1970s in College Green. Having fun on the bus stop pole. How many of you have done that?
Name that jammer, anyone?
College Green, Dublin 2.
Spaghetti Hoop writes:
Is that a Thomas Cook office in the centre?
Major Callaway (Flickr)
Earlier: Something In The Way He Moves
Dame Street, Dublin 2.
The first day of Dublin City Council’s traffic-free trial in College Green.
How was it for you?
Early morning, College Green, Dublin 2.
Central Plaza, Dame Street, Dublin 2
Construction underway on the site of the former Central Bank building, completing renovation work on the polarising slice of Brutalist architecture, that will include: shops, 12,000sqm of office space and a 300-seat rooftop restaurant.
Work was stopped on the original building when it was spotted the construction was too tall by at least 30 feet, or two extra floors.
Central Bank (Archiseek)
College Green, Dublin 2
Just last week it was announced that 17 bus routes from north and west Dublin are to be rerouted away from College Green.
These would be the unloved, uncool buses that get most people – especially most working-class and lower-middle-class people – into and out of the city centre.
The Luas is beautiful and the Dart runs along some of the loveliest urban coastline in Europe.
But 61 per cent of all public-transport trips taken into Dublin city centre are by bus. Dublin Bus carried 140 million passengers last year, and about 85 million of them went through College Green.
But they’re not cool people; they are disproportionally less affluent. They are also disproportionally less likely to have cars, which means, ironically, that they don’t need to be offered an attractive alternative to the car.
For working-class commuters it’s a long and winding road (Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times)
The proposed civic plaza at College Green, Dublin 2
Olivia Kelly, in The Irish Times, reports:
Dublin Bus wants to keep running buses through College Green in defiance of Dublin City Council’s plans to develop the area as a pedestrian- and cyclist-only plaza.
The bus company, which previously publicly supported the council’s plans for a new €10 million civic plaza, wants An Bord Pleanála to stop the council from banning buses from crossing College Green, and to hold a public oral hearing on the scheme.
Dublin Bus wants to keep running buses through College Green plaza (Irish Times)
Previously: I’m Walking Here