Proposed view of Cornmarket

Busconnects: Proposed Liffey Valley to City Centre Route

A planning application has been submitted to An Bord Pleanala for Core Corridor passing through Inchicore and The Liberties


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The National Transport Authority (NTA) has submitted a planning application to An Bord Pleanala for the Core Bus Corridor running from Liffey Valley to the City Centre. The route passes through Ballyfermot, Inchicore, Old Kilmainham and the James Street area, Thomas Street and High Street. The aim of the Core Corridors is to host high frequency ‘spine’ routes and to provide improved cycleways and pedestrian facilities on what are the main radial routes into the city centre.

The Liffey Valley to City Centre route is one of a number of corridors that will pass through The Liberties, with planning applications being made later this year for routes along the Quays, Cork Street and Clanbrassil Street.

The current iteration of plans is the result of a number of public consultations undertaken since 2018. The proposals are now submitted to An Bord Pleanala for determination. Public submissions can be made in writing on the final plans by 13th September 2022.

The main proposals affecting James Street, Thomas Street and High Street include:

  • Redesign of junctions, cycleways, pedestrians crossings, bus shelters and facilities throughout
  • Reduction of traffic speed limit from Kilmainham to City Centre to 30kmph and reduced traffic volumes along this route
  • Creation of a new ‘bus gate’ traffic management measure at Mount Brown at the entrance to the National Children’s Hospital
  • Reordering of the median and junction of James Street and Bow Lane with improved pedestrian facilities
  • A new cyclist priority route via Echlin Street, St James Avenue to St James’s Hospital
  • Largely maintaining the existing footpath kerblines along James Street and Thomas Street but with changes to traffic lanes to provide for improved cyclelanes and the removal or reduction of parking along the route. The scheme will also allow interchange for cyclists with planned cycleway projects on Bridegfoot Street (Grangegorman to Thomas Street cycle route) and Thomas Court (Thomas Street to SCR cycle route).
  • A major redesign of Cornmarket, realligning the junction and removing the current staggered crossing arrangement for pedestrians. New public space and planting is envisaged here.
  • Repaving and other changes to High Street.

Full details of the proposal can be found on a dedicated website: There are extensive documents included here such as environmental impact statements, design reports, technical report, measures relating to potential CPOs of property etc. The best documents to look at for a general overview of the scheme are the Preliminary Design Report, general arrangement drawings and landscape drawings.

Busconnects Liffey Valley Scheme:



Proposed redesign of Cornmaket and High Street
Proposed redesign of junction of James Street and Bow Lane West
New bus-gate arrangement at Mount Brown

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