PVC King wrote:You assert some form of conspiracy or subconscious conspiracy on the part of the DTO to skew the route southwards
Maybe you're right, Maybe...
I've just often wondered whether the location of their office might not have been a factor in their thinking when they got out the crayons.
And they were
fairly unceremoniously moved over to DNS, shortly thereafter. Perhaps this was to avoid any suggestion that they hadn't been able to take an entirely objective viewpoint.
Well... if it hadn't been suggested before, it's been suggested now.
I do not wish to get into a handbags at dawn type argument as to clear trends in development patterns. The core office district in Dublin has been for many years located in the areas to the south and east of the intersection of Grafton St and Stephens Green in recent years it has moved west as well. The area north of this cannot be developed due to two key reasons
PVC, you seem to be fixated on development.
But the city centre is not Adamstown, or some other development in the west of the city. You don't need to apply suburban rules to this part of the city.
It's already there
- it doesn't need
to be developed. It's already been done.
Imperfect it may be, but I bellieve there is no better location - in terms of numbers, in terms of not destroying St. Stephen's Green, and in terms of creating a wonderful, pedestrianised, open space in the centre of the city - for a metro/interconnector interchange, than the area around College Green.
PVC King wrote:1. Beaux Lane House - c6,000 sq m
2. Golden Lane - Various c10,000 sq m
3. Kevin St/ Bishop St c10,000 sq m
4. Harcourt Street Hospital c6,000 sq m
5. Stephens Green SC c45,000 sq m
6. Bank of Scotland c10,000 sq m
7. Former Dept of Justice c10,000
8. New Dept Finance c4,000 sq m
9. Former Eircom South King St c9,000 sq m
10. KBC Dawson St c3,000 sq m[
So, Golden Lane is part of St. Stephen's Green in your book?
That's stretching it a bit, is it not?
The fundamental issue you haven't addressed is the impact on office workers in Adelaide Road, Harcourt St, Leeson Street etc of having to walk from College Green. Whereas the impact on College Green of having to walk from Tara St or Christchurch is about 5 minutes. Would a 5 minute walk from both Dart lines be too much for you?
I have addressed this fundamental issue on another thread. This
thread is about the central LUAS line.
Assuming that integrated ticketing is in place, workers wishing to travel between Harcourt Street and the interconnector will probably take the LUAS, whether the interconnector is the longer, more expensive, circuitous route through St. Stephen's Green, or the originally proposed shorter route (or some other route)
For workers on Adelaide Road and much of Leeson Street, who will be too far away from the proposed interconnector station for it to be considered a station which, by international norms - "serves" them - they will unfortunately need to wait for other transport development, either way.