Dublin before and after Dart UndergroundBlogs, Dublin Observed Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
An image of how St Stephen’s Green will look after Dart Underground construction was published in The Irish Times last week, although the image did not show the full story.
Frank McDonald, the paper’s environment editor, wrote: that the Green would be the “principal casualty of the Government’s plans to go ahead with Metro North and Dart Underground, it is now clear from the environmental impact statement (EIS) on each of these costly projects.”
But in the print edition and online, the paper only showed one of the environmental impact statement images of St Stephen’s Green. The environmental impact statement also shows further stages, including where part of the park is a construction site and, at the opposite end, where trees have been reinstated.
As we show below, many of the sites which will be used for the Dart Underground project will see improvement abandoned looking sites cleaned up, and some of the expected development over stations structures.
On St Stephen’s Green, the current view is shown directly below:
This is compared with the construction stage, which will be the most disruptive:
While the artist’s impression image directly after construction, directly below (the only image shown by The Irish Times), the next image shows how the it will look after trees are planted back in place.
In the East Wall area, the West Road end of Ossory Road will be realigned. The current Ossory Road underpass under the railway is shown in the far background below in the photograph taken on West Road…
While this next image shows an artist’s impression of the planned Ossory Road / West Road junction. The old underpass will be filled in. The road is planned to be realigned to make way for an operations centre for the Dart Underground tunnel. As far as we understand, the cycle path shown here is an incorrectly-sized illustration:
In the Docklands, given the area is still part a construction site, little will change. Construction hoardings will be removed and a small green area will be affected where the Spencer Dock Station entrance is planned beside Luas Spencer Dock:
Back in the city centre, on a site in the streets behind the current Pearse Station, a new station entrance is planned, at the junction of Boyne Street and Upper Sandwith Street. The new enterance will give direct access to the Dart Underground platforms at Pearse, as well as a tunnel access to the current Pearse Station. The tunnel will make the walk between the new underground and old elevated Dart platforms around 200m long. Escalators and lifts are planned to bring passengers to different levels.
The new entrance plan include a pedestrian-friendly raised surface outside the station, the same treatment is also due to be used on some walking routes to other stations.
The new station entrance will be built with future development in mind, with the plans showing the outline of four story building over the station:
The junction of Bridgefoot and Island streets is another of the examples where Dart Underground works will — after construction at least — improve the look of the area it affects:
From the wasteland looking site above, to the tidy looking site above:
Although, as with other sites the Dart project will effect, the below image shows a hint of CIE acting more as a property company rather than
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