While widespread works are now a familiar sight in the city centre’s streets, locals face sustained disruption on Thomas Street outside the iconic Guinness building as bus corridor works are set to continue into 2015

RESIDENTS in central Dublin will have to endure traffic chaos around Thomas Street and James’s Street until next year as improvement works on bus corridors continue.
Those living in the area have been vocal about the disruption on their doorsteps, which started in late 2013, and the congestion the works are causing, particularly at peak travel times.
According to Dublin City Council, the work on the Thomas Street/James’s Street quality bus corridor (QBC) is expected to continue until 2015, but once finished it will mean improvements to bus lanes, footpaths, cycling facilities, street furniture, public lighting, new traffic signals and pedestrian crossings, as well as extensions to existing bus lanes on inbound and outbound directions.
The improvements are being carried out between Cornmarket and Bow Lane West.
One resident welcomed the improvements the road works will bring when finished, but questioned whether the benefits were “worth all the disruption that have been caused as a result”.
He said: “The coordination of the work seems to be haphazard, to say the least. The builder lays down fences and barriers in the expectation that works will commence on the street or footpath.
“However, nothing seems to be done, leading to the road or footpath being sealed off unnecessarily.
“The loss of the bus lane has had a huge impact on traffic, especially inbound traffic in the morning. The thought of these works continuing on until next year is nothing short of ridiculous when you consider what the finished product will be like – all this, for a few extra metres of a bus lane here and there.”
Commenting on the works, a council spokesperson said: “The works are designed not only to improve facilities for public transport and cyclists but also for pedestrians.
“The route has a significant pedestrian footfall generated by retail activity and the use of the road by tourists using the tourist route between Trinity College Dublin, Guinness [Storehouse] and Kilmainham Jail.
“The improvements to the area will enhance the experience for tourists and make the area more attractive for businesses and their customers.
“Construction works commenced in late 2013 and are expected to be completed in early 2015. Strict traffic management conditions have been imposed on the contractor so as to minimise disruption to road users, residents, shoppers and business owners.
“Due to the scale of the works, it is inevitable that some disruption and delays will occur to road users, particularly at peak times.
“The extent of road works permitted at any given time is restricted by Dublin City Council’s roadworks control unit in order to minimise disruption, while at the same time allowing works be constructed in a timely and safe manner,” said the spokesperson.