Wednesday 17 September 2008

Dunne plan would have 'negligible effect on traffic'

The increase in traffic from the Jurys and Berkeley Court hotel sites in Ballsbridge after construction of Seán Dunne's high-density development would be “negligible”, An Bord Pleanála has been told, despite the addition of almost 1,000 parking spaces.

The number of parking spaces would increase from 356 to 1,316 if the development was granted planning permission, but there would not be a significant increase in traffic, Mr Dunne’s traffic expert Donal McDaid has told the planning hearing.

The location of the development close to the city centre and several public transport routes would result in residents and workers using buses and trains, or walking and cycling.

Of the 1,316 spaces, 804 would be dedicated resident spaces and around two thirds of those would be “car stackers”, a form of storage rather than parking, which results in fewer car trips.

The construction phase of the development, due to last seven years, would result in 40 lorry trips per hour during a 15-month period. This is similar to the number of lorries that served Lansdowne Road stadium during its peak construction phase, Mr McDaid said.

Irish Times

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