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Work On New College Green Plaza Could Start 'Before The End Of The Year'

By mariemadden

July 7, 2017 at 8:31am

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With work on the Luas Cross-City finally set to come to a close, motorists have been looking forward to the traffic returning to normal around the city centre.

However, it looks like another big project is set to kick off as work on the College Green project could begin before the end of the year.

According to AA Roadwatch, a planning application for the new plaza was submitted last month and could see construction begin towards the end of the year if given the green light.

The project will take between 12 and 18 months to complete and AA Ireland Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan warned that the impact on traffic "cannot be ignored or reduced to an afterthought".

"It is incumbent on Dublin City Council to consider how displaced traffic will be managed and minimise any negative fallout on businesses in the area and those commuting to and from work.”

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Dublin City Council has rejected claims that it will cause widespread disruption, saying that any impact will be localised.

“The construction of College Green cannot be compared to that of Luas Cross City.While there will be some disruption during the College Green works, it will be managed and contained and every effort will be made to keep it to a minimum.”

The €10m facelift will see the area turned into a car-free, pedestrianised plaza that will be able to accommodate events for up to 15,000 people.

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