Luas Cross City on track, as works stall for Christmas and New Year

Management say this is to help shoppers and retailers

Luas Cross City on track, as works stall for Christmas and New Year

Artists impression of the Luas on Westmoreland Street | Image: Luas Cross City

Work on the Luas Cross City line in Dublin has been stopped ahead of Christmas and the New Year.

Management say this is "in recognition of the important Christmas period for Dublin city".

The Luas Cross City will suspend and/or significantly reduce the amount of work from Friday, November 25th until Wednesday, January 4th 2017.

This is to ensure easy access around the city, and to support retail, hospitality, shoppers, commuters and visitors.

Where work has been stopped, material will be cleared from the site - however there may be a safety barrier due to differences in the ground level.

The changes will see work suspended on Dawson Street, the retail side of Nassau Street and Lower Grafton Street.

A spokeswoman says the works are "absolutely" on schedule, as this stoppage was factored into the process.

It also follows negotiations with business organisations and the gardaí. 

Source: Luas Cross City

While work will also cease in pedestrian areas through College Green, on Westmoreland Street - as well as on footpaths and carriageways on O'Connell Street.

Road works will remain on Parnell Street - but along the section west of O'Connell Street, pavements will be clear with full access along the length of the pavement on both sides of the street.

Source: Luas Cross City

Luas Cross City say road access from O'Connell Street to Dominick Street Lower will be widened to two lanes westbound, allowing for better access to car parks on Parnell Street.

Pavement works outside business premises will also be deferred until January 2017 - however, paving works will continue around Trinity College.

And there will be road works around the Irish Life building on Marlborough Street and on Hawkins Street.