Businesses raise concerns over College Green Plaza plan

Dublin Chamber of Commerce says public transport network must not be compromised

Business organisations have raised concerns about plans for the creation of a pedestrian and cycle plaza at Dublin’s College Green.

The new civic space, which would prohibit all traffic from crossing College Green to and from Dame Street, is expected to be in place by June of next year in advance of the beginning of operations of the Luas Cross City line the following September.

The plans, which will see changes and diversions to between 30 and 40 bus routes, and a ban on cars in certain streets, are available for public consultation from now until May 24th at

Dublin Chamber of Commerce has called for more information about the potential impact of the changes to College Green on other areas of the city centre.


"Businesses in Dublin city centre will require more detail to prove that Dublin City Council's planned redesign of College Green will provide the best solution for public transport," chamber chief executive Gina Quin said. "A lot of questions remain about how College Green will work in practice.

“Crucially, uncertainty remains as to whether traffic, which will be pushed out of College Green, can be accommodated on other already congested city centre streets.”

Transport solution

A pedestrian plaza would be “nice to have” but only as a by-product of a workable transport solution for the city, she said. “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.”

Retail Ireland, a division of employers' lobby group Ibec, said it was eager to see the outcome of the economic impact assessment commissioned by Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority.

"We welcome that that study is being done. For us there are two critical aspects, that any decisions are made by looking at the hard evidence and that access for deliveries is maintained, that for us is a non-negotiable," director Thomas Burke said.

Some 150 buses an hour currently go through College Green. Dublin Bus head of operations Donal Keating said there were "pluses and minuses" for the service. "Given the complexity of what has to be done here, I can see why this option was chosen."

Olivia Kelly

Olivia Kelly

Olivia Kelly is Dublin Editor of The Irish Times