Plans for a €20million bridge across the river Liffey are being shelved indefinitely after An Bord Pleanála’s refused Dublin City Council’s request to change its location.
The first dedicated cycling and pedestrian link over the river has twice hit an obstacle as the local authority seeks to move its location by 150 metres.
Permission was granted in 2014 for a new walkway and cycleway over the river east of Samuel Beckett Bridge, running from the old railway station to Forbes Street.
The Victorian train station had been the planned location of a proposed DART underground station for the north docks, but that plan was abandoned in 2011.
While plans for the underground line have not been reinstated, on the advice of the National Transport Authority the council was advised to relocate the planned bridge.
The council first applied to the Bord to move the bridge 150m eastwards in 2018. The new location would connect New Wapping Street at the Central Bank building on the north side, with Blood Stoney Road on the south bank.
But in January 2019 the bord refused the move, saying it preferred the original location because it offered “the potential of a direct connection from south of the river to a future DART Underground commuter rail station”.
The council sought a judicial review of the board’s decision, but decided to instead submit a new application last August. It was refused earlier this month.
In its ruling, An Bord Pleanala reiterated its 2019 position that the original location would offer a direct connection to a future station and would better serve the interests and amenities of the area in the long term.