Dublin – College Green Plaza Transport Advice
Project Centre has been providing expert advice and support to a luxury hotel within Dublin City over the past three years.
Dublin is a highly-congested city with severe constraints created by the River Liffey, which divides the city centre and channels traffic onto a small number of highly trafficked strategic routes.
The hotel owner’s concerns relate to the accessibility of their business by taxis and limousines, a mode of transport used by over 70% of their guests on arrival.
We have worked closely with The Westbury Hotel, which lies just off the pedestrianised Grafton Street quarter, close to the well-known Temple Bar entertainment district. We’ve analysed access to the hotel and provided a series of options for improvement that have been presented to the City Council.
More recently we’ve been working with the hotel to challenge City Council proposals to close a section of road at College Green, to the north of Grafton Street. These proposals would lead to a significant constraint on taxi access and route choices and involve complex and inconvenient changes to access routes, adding a further barrier to customer access.
We’ve analysed and commented on associated transport strategies, traffic modelling, traffic management plans and impact statements provided by Dublin City Council and have recommended improvements to the project that could improve taxi access. We have also provided expert witness testimony at an An Bord Pleanála inquiry, an independent Planning Board who will make the ultimate decision over the future of the College Green scheme.
We are delighted to have had the opportunity to provide support to these important clients, and to assist them to deliver an outcome that will minimise impact on their customer access.