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What are the plans for College Green? Everything you need to know

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 13/03/2018 Barry Arnold

a group of people walking on a city street © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland A hearing into plans to pedestrianise College Green in Dublin city centre has begun today.

The controversial plans could be met with objections with business owners as well as taxi drivers and Dublin Bus.

An Bord Pleanala will hold an oral hearing today, which is expected to be attended by more than 70 parties — but what is it all about?

When did it start?

The proposals first came to light back in 2016, before plans were submitted to Dublin City Council in May of 2017.

What are the plans?

the inside of a building © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland The plans are to create a €10 million pedestrian and cycle plaza at College Green which could also be used for or public gatherings and events — with room for up to 15,000 people.

Why are there objections?

The proposal would see a ban on all traffic crossing to and from Dame Street, traffic congestion would is a major problem in the city and there are disagreements whether the plaza would make it worse or alleviate the issue.

Who is against the plan?

a bus driving down a busy city street © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland The Luas got into some trouble around O’Connell Bridge this morning. Pic: Rolling News

Dublin Bus has described the plans as ‘socially regressive’ because passengers from disadvantaged areas would have to walk further to reach their final stop.

Taxi drivers have planned a protest, because the plaza would see taxis banned from travelling through the area and a current taxi rank removed.

Businesses Brown Thomas and the Merrion, Shelbourne and Westbury hotels have raised objections to the plans.

Who is in favour of the plaza?

the inside of a building © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland The National Transport Authority (NTA) has backed the proposals.

Just three Dublin City Councillors have opposed the plan — the council wants just a north-south public transport corridor for trams, buses, taxis and cyclists in front of Trinity College.

When will the plans go ahead?

a group of people walking on a sidewalk © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland The oral hearing begins today, but any plans are likely to be delayed by objections — a date would be set once a decision is made.

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