Chamber Welcomes An Bord Pleanala Call to Re-Assess College Green
Nov 03, 2017
Dublin Chamber has welcomed the call by An Bord Pleanála for more information on how the creation of a pedestrian plaza on College Green will impact on traffic in the wider city.
Dublin Chamber, the representative body for businesses in the Dublin region, has repeatedly sought further detail regarding the potential impact of the changes to College Green on other areas of the city centre - out as far as the M50.
The Chamber has called on Dublin City Council to publicly publish this information in advance of the forthcoming public consultation.
According to Graeme McQueen, Head of Public Affairs at Dublin Chamber: "In principle, the creation of a pedestrian plaza on College Green could be great for the city. However, a lot of questions remain about how College Green - and other areas of the city centre - will work in practice once the proposed changes are introduced. Crucially, uncertainty remains as to whether the traffic which will be pushed out of College Green can be accommodated on other already congested city centre streets. Re-imagining College Green represents an exciting opportunity for Dublin - but only if we get it right. Get it wrong and the consequence will be that people won't want to come in to the city centre - either by bus or by car."
The Chamber had also expressed concerns regarding a lack of segregated cycle lanes on the proposed College Green plaza.
Mr McQueen added: "If the best transport plan for College Green ends up creating a large pedestrian plaza in the heart of the city that rivals that of any city in Europe, that would be a win-win. But it is vital that we don't lose sight of the fact that College Green is a key artery for public transport and must continue to work as such. The changes to College Green will have a significant impact on all modes of transport which operate in the city centre. Over 150 million public transport journeys are made annually into and out of Dublin city centre. Quite simply, the city centre is too important to get wrong. A pedestrian plaza in College Green would be a great to have - but, ultimately, it must be part of a workable transport solution."
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