WORK HAS begun on a project to cover over the Dart line, install semi-mature trees and improve pedestrian access between Dún Laoghaire’s town and harbour.
Part of an overall upgrade to “the metals” walkway, Crofton Road and Marine Road, the Dart line is to be covered, ending a traditional disconnect between the Pavilion area and the harbour.
The plan is to create a new walkway over the Dart which currently travels through a cutting south of the railway station. The intention is to define the metals as a place for pedestrians and cyclists by creating new café terraces, paths, sitting areas and a small play space.
A new footpath along Queen’s Road and additional crossing points have been designed to integrate the scheme into the surrounding area. A pedestrian crossing at the entrance to the Pavilion car park is to further enhance pedestrian links to the the metals and a proposed county library in Moran Park.
The design provides for landscaping with trees, lighting and umbrellas along the length of the Pavilion. Outside Meadows and Byrne furniture shop, a new public space with a kiosk and public seating is proposed.
It is anticipated that this approach will create more shelter from the wind and will create a park ambience that reinforces the experience of the metals as a place to sit and relax, to enjoy coffee and food.
At Marine Road, it is proposed to create a tree-lined avenue leading up the hill to George’s Street. Pavements will be widened, crossing points will be more defined and new public lighting will create a “line of light” linking the harbour to the town.
Further trees will be installed on Crofton Road while a new pedestrian link through the harbour yard and the Old School House site will provide access to Sussex Street.
Enhanced facilities for cyclists are also planned with additional racks located throughout the scheme.
Minister of State with Responsibility for Planning Ciarán Cuffe said it was “vital that we create an inviting atmosphere for people arriving by Dart or ferry and help promote the local economy.
“The improvements to Crofton Road, the metals walkway and Marine Road will allow residents and visitors alike to enjoy the town’s spectacular harbour front and rich architectural heritage.”
He said many of the planned improvements reflected the views of local residents and business people, as expressed at the Vision for Dún Laoghaire forum he chaired in July.