Tag Archives: College Green

Ah well.

Previously: No Plaza-ing Some People

Yesterday

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.

Good times.

Central Bank (Archiseek)

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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)

Rollingnews

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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

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This afternoon

Civic office, Wood Quay, Dublin

Above from left,  Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect, Paul Keogh, lead architect, Paul Keogh Architects and Edward Jones, Dixon Jones Architects, launch the design of the proposed new civic plaza at College Green, Dublin 2.

A flagship project in the implementation of the City Council’s public realm strategy, the College Green development will remove through traffic from the area.

Subject to planning permission from An Bord Pleanála, construction is scheduled to commence in January 2018, to coincide with the start of operations on the LUAS cross-city line in December.

Fight!

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Yesterday.

Jacky Grainger defied death cycled from College Green to Westmoreland St and on to O’Connell Street in Dublin.

The journey prompted her to write an open letter to Dublin City Council.

She wrote:

Hi Dublin City Council, after nearly being crushed to death under a car wheel [yesterday] morning trying to cycle in one tiny lane shared by buses, cyclists, cars and taxis, from College Green on to Westmoreland St, I then faced, (as all cyclists on this route do every day) the prospect of this ‘wall of steel’ in order to get from Westmoreland St straight down onto O’Connell St.

This is the scene every single day here, right outside Bewleys (Starbucks, whatever) if you’re going straight ahead. I am not a nervous cyclist by any means, but this is absolutely *terrifying*.

Most bus drivers here do their best I feel to look out for us – but they shouldn’t have to! And I’ve had more than one conversation with bus drivers hanging out their window who think it’s ridiculous too!

There is NO provision for cyclists here and it is only a minor *miracle* that’s someone has not been killed yet. What is being done about it and when can we expect change?

In fairness.