Council to start digging up Grafton Street by the end of the month

New paving will be completed by November 2014

Grafton Street, Dublin: repaving the street will begin later this month.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzismons

Grafton Street, Dublin: repaving the street will begin later this month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzismons

Fri, May 3, 2013, 21:48

The €2.5 million repaving of Dublin’s Grafton Street, which will see the removal of the red brick surface and its replacement with pink and grey granite, will begin on May 27th.

Dublin City Council will start by digging up the section of Ireland’s leading shopping street nearest St Stephen’s Green and will close the area to delivery vehicles for three months.

The repaving work is to take a year and a half and is not scheduled for completion until November 2014. The work will, however, be suspended to facilitate the Christmas and new year shopping periods.

The first phase of works is to be carried out from Chatham Street to South King Street. This section of Grafton Street will be closed to traffic until August 2013. Delivery vehicles coming from the northern end of the street will have to exit Grafton Street using Chatham Street. Access to South King Street will be from St Stephen’s Green North.

Pedestrian and emergency access will be maintained to all shops and other businesses on Grafton Street during the works, the council said.

As a result of the works there will be 20 per cent less overall space on Grafton Street for delivery vehicles and the council is asking businesses to encourage their suppliers to park elsewhere or spend as little time as possible on Grafton Street.