Originally Posted by Lord Glentoran
Be interesting to see how travelling from the Square to the CC by bus at peak compares in real time, traffic pinch points, the lot.
In any case the opportunity to use the busway alignment via Mount Argus for a Metro has been lost due to the short termism of the old Dublin Corporation.
Ah yes, the Poddle Passover as a local wag used to call it.
That was proposed as a dual carriageway going from O'Connell Street area to Templeogue and onwards to Tallaght since the late 1940's that turned the Liberties into a jock. Houses in the area were subjected to proposed CPO's for it and another major urban road plan, Cork Street to Clondalkin, as long ago as the 1950's. As a result it made local properties and businesses worthless and almost impossible to sell; after all you could be turfed out in no time.
Such was the speed and prowess of the City Fathers that Clanbrassill Street was only completed as far as, well, halfway up Clanbrassill Street by 1989, pushing the bottleneck up a little closer to Harold's Cross. To this day the path for most of the rest of the intended route is largely intact; it too was mooted as a potential LUAS line; a well placed apartment complex has since put play to it entirely.
Cork Street fared little better; it and a new thoroughfare was finally opened in 2002. However it too was arse ways, with the critical bottleneck of Dean Street and the Coombe still delaying traffic due to a public toilet mysteriously becoming protected enough under heritage law to as good as curtail the route, and another apartment complex getting into the way.
And we wonder why LUAS and Metro are taking so long.