Introduction - Utilities Works UpdateThe Luas Cross City project is the extension of the Luas Green line, creating an interchange with the Red line. It will have 13 new stops including 8 in the core city centre area. The project began with cellar works in June 2013 and now over a year later the utilities phase of the work is progressing. Currently we are 9 months into the 20-month utilities contract. The work involves moving a multitude of existing utilities from under the proposed new Luas tracks. This will ensure that future works to these utilities will not affect tram operations. Given that there is a multiplicity of utilities – water, gas, sewers, power cables, communications cables – under the city streets, this is a significant and complex undertaking. It is vital that while these works are ongoing that city traffic is managed; access to premises, businesses and car parks is maintained. Works on College Green, a key public transport route, were carried out over the summer months while traffic volumes are lower. Two northbound lanes are now available to traffic in College Green. During Operation Open City, which commences Sunday 7th December, utility works will be minimised or removed on key access routes and shopping streets. Main Infrastructure Works starting in 2015 Following the completion of the utility works the next phase will consist of the laying of tracks. This will include the construction of the stops, resurfacing the roads and footpaths. The installation of the electrical power system, information and control systems will follow. A testing and trial running phase will then happen before the new line is opened to passenger services at the end of 2017. It is proposed to award the contract for these works at the beginning of 2015 with a view to works commencing in the mid-2015. The details in relation to the works sites and associated traffic management arrangement will be provided via regular updates on our web site www.luascrosscity.ie
CREATIVE MURAL UNVEILED ON MARLBOROUGH STREET
'The Marlborough Street Mural', an artistic project led by well-known visual artist Alan Mongey with the help of a group of local students, was recently unveiled at the corner of Marlborough Street and Marlborough Place. The initiative was sponsored by Irish Life and Luas Cross City and facilitated by Dublin City Arts Office .The creative and visually striking mural consists of a series of 44 panels measuring 8ft high and stretching over 150 feet in total. It depicts the development of Dublin city’s transport network through the centuries in a bold and colourful way.
LUAS CROSS CITY HERITAGE WORKS - THE FIRST SIX MONTHS
As part of the works the careful removal of a number of heritage items began in early 2014. The work is being carried out by a specially appointed heritage contractor with the input of specialists in conservation, historic stonework, bronze, storage and transport. The works began with the successful removal to storage of the lady Grattan Fountain at St. Stephen's Green. The fountain which dates from 1888 will be returned close to its original location in 2016. This was followed by the removal of the Steine Sculpture which was installed on College Street in 1988. The Steine will be cleaned in readiness for its reinstatement in 2016. The Thomas More statue on College Green was also removed to storage. The statue was placed in College Green back in 1857.
MOLLY MALONE IS BACK
Molly Malone has returned to the streets of Dublin. The renowned statue has found a new, albeit, temporary home outside the Dublin Tourism Information office, Suffolk St. for the duration of the remaining Luas Cross City works. 'Molly' was removed from Lower Grafton St. earlier in the year to facilitate works and during that time the RPA took the opportunity to carry out some much needed repair, cleaning and conservation work. 'Molly' has been re-welded in spots, steam cleaned and a new coating of micro-crystalline was applied to protect her from the elements.
THE LITTLE MUSEUM OF DUBLIN'S AWARD-WINNING GREETER PROGRAMME
Luas Cross City is the new sponsor of Dublin’s award-winning greeter programme, promoting the legendary hospitality to be found in Dublin at a hugely exciting moment in the life of the city. To celebrate the launch of this sponsorship the Luas Cross City, Clerys Department Store & Little Museum of Dublin will work together to curate an exhibition in the Clerys Heritage Museum, O’Connell St. This exhibition will open on the 1st October and will feature the history of trams in Dublin. City of a Thousand Welcomes connects first time visitors with local Dublin ambassadors, who are friends of the museum. They enjoy a complimentary tea, coffee or pint in the Merrion Hotel, Bewleys Café or the Porterhouse Bar. Proposed Luas Cross City Dawson Northbound Stop.
SKELETAL REMAINS DISCOVERED DURING WORKS UNDER THE PAVEMENT OUTSIDE TRINITY COLLEGE
Skeletal remains were first found in mid-July, during construction work for the Luas Cross City project, outside Trinity’s front gate. The area was sealed off for archaeological specialists to examine the remains. The remains were found 1.5m below the present surface of the street, and were below the known level of post-medieval activity. This suggests they are most likely medieval or earlier in date. In all, the remains of at least four individuals were discovered in the trench, suggests that this part of College Green was a cemetery at some point in Dublin’s past. The Railway Procurement Agency’s project archaeologists will oversee environmental and osteoarchaeological analysis of the remains that will be undertaken by Rubicon, a specialist archaeological company. This will reveal significantly more information about the lives and deaths of these individuals and the city in which they lived. Source: Rubicon Heritage Services