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Will buses be banned from one of Dublin's busiest junctions?

Big changes are coming to College Green.

12/08/2014. Dublin City. Pictured College Green in Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

BUSES COULD BE restricted from passing through Dublin’s College Green once the new Luas line is up and running in 2017, the city’s chief executive has warned.

There are already restrictions on private cars and heavy good vehicles at the bus junction, located at Trinity College Dublin, but this looks set to be extended to taxis to avoid excessive delays to trams passing through the area.

Dublin City Council’s Owen Keegan told The Irish Times that he “could see the possibility of taking the buses out”, but has since backtracked slightly, saying that the vast majority of routes will remain.

10/8/2015 Luas Rail Works Start Traffic Corps gardaí directing traffic through College Green. Source: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie

Speaking to The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk, Keegan said the new Luas line will have implications for the use of road space in the area.

“We cannot accommodate the existing volume of traffic,” he said.

I’m very pleased to be able to reassure the vast majority of bus users who travel through College Green that they will continue to be able to travel through College Green.
The issues really concerns the buses that are currently diverted from College Green.

While Keegan was unable to cite an exact number of buses that will be affected, he used the example of the 46A. This carries a massive volume of passengers each day but is currently being diverted off its original route while works take place.

Luas Cross City will see the Red and Green line linked up for the first time. Construction on the line, which runs from St Stephen’s Green to Broombridge, started in June 2013 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

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